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It’s official! Submissions are Open

by jenniferwilliams on January 21, 2015

This year, we were going to wait. We were going to be orderly and organized and, most of all, patient. No jumping in feet first and seeing if we could swim this year. Oh no. We were experienced. We had been through all of this before. We were cool. And collected.

And then, THEN, one after another our LTYM sister shows started opening their submissions. They were all excitedly talking about submissions and setting up audition schedules and, well, we couldn’t wait. I guess were aren’t as cool and collected as we thought we were.

So it’s official! Southeast Texas is accepting submissions for our 2015 show.

It's official! The submissions are open for the Southeast Texas Listen To Your Mother show.

What are we looking for?

You. That’s right. We are looking for you. Women, men, all ages, and all ethnicities. We want YOUR story. We want it to be funny. We want it to be sad. We want it to teach us something. We want it to be the every day. We want it to tell us that we are not alone. All of our stories are important, the big and the small, the hilarious and the heart-breaking, the major milestones and the every day. The most important thing is that we want it to be your story, and we want it to be real.

What should your submission be about?

Motherhood. It is that simple and that complicated. We do not want tributes. We do want stories. Tell us a story about your mom. Tell us a story about yourself. Or your wife or your aunt or your sister or your best friend. We even want stories about why you don’t want to be a mom or can’t be a mom or decided to wait to be a mom. So not so much about motherS, but about motherHOOD. Still not sure, check out our show on YouTube from last year to get a better idea.


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The Details and Requirements

– True story, written only by you (no memorizing)
– Must own the rights to read your story and have it appear on YouTube
– Three to five minutes when read aloud
– Keep it G to PG13 (or it may be edited for language)
– Essay or poetry
– One submission per person
– Auditions are by appointment only
– Email your submission to for an appointment time
– We will email a confirmation and appointment time
– Auditions are Saturday, February 28th from 10:00 – 4:00 at the Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center.
– If selected, attend two mandatory rehearsals on 3/28 and 4/25
– Be available for the show on May 9th.

Ready? Set. Go!

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Show Date! May 9th at the Lamar University Theatre

by jenniferwilliams on February 24, 2015

In 1991, I walked onto the Lamar University campus as a student for the first time. My very first class was Chemistry 1111 at eight o’clock in the morning. I signed up for that class because it was the same as the honors chemistry course I took in high school (back in the days before AP classes were a thing), and I thought that would make it easier.

It was a good thing I had already had the course because signing up for an 8:00 am class was the dumbest thing I ever did while in college. I was young and married, and David and I both worked an evening shift at our jobs. Which worked out great for being young and married, but not so great for early morning classes where you needed to stay awake and pay attention. Luckily, I saved all my notes from high school, and I was able to study and bluff my way through tests well enough to earn a B as a final grade.

After that semester, I got a whole lot smarter about attending college. The following years brought starts and stops and going full-time some semesters and part-time other semesters until I finally graduated with my accounting degree in May, 1998 with no student loans (I paid for it myself!) and a huge sigh of relief that I was finished. At the time I would never have imagined that I would be returning to campus 17 years later to co-direct the Listen to Your Mother Show.

Elaine and I are very happy to announce that the second annual Southeast Texas show will be held at the Lamar University Theatre on May 9th at 7:00 pm. We can’t wait, and we hope to see you there.

LTYM Southeast Texas Lamar University Theatre

The Lamar University Theatre and Dance department has three more shows for the year, and I’m sure they would appreciate your support.

The Glass Menagerie
Feb. 26-28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Joel Grothe
Studio Theatre
In Tennessee Williams’ classic drama of American theatre, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom, a would–be poet and the story’s narrator, gets swept up in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find his painfully shy sister, Laura, a husband.

Spring Dance Concert
April 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
April 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.
University Theatre
Guest choreographers and artists will enhance the varied dance offerings in this concert.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo
April 30-May 2. 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Written by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Brian LeTraunik
University Theatre
Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning look at anti-semitism in the South centers on the planning of the Atlanta Jewish community’s annual Ballyhoo ball during the excitement surrounding the premiere of Gone with the Wind.


A portion of ticket proceeds from this year’s Southeast Texas Listen To Your Mother show will support the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program. We would also like to thank our generous local sponsors: Diversity Theater, Whole Mothering Center, and Flora Padilla Photography.

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Everybody’s Got One…

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“Now that I am grown, I realize that my mom was the wisest woman I knew.  I regret that I never told her.” – Dolores Mitchell   That is just one quote from twelve different, heart-tugging, amazing stories told last May in The Jefferson Theater in Beaumont, Texas. Jennifer and I, along with the creator of the show, Ann Imig, are thrilled to announce that we will be c0-producing and directing another show this coming May 2015!   And! AND!  This years shows span the country with 39 total cities, including 10 new cities.  WOW!   Now that we are veterans (WHEE!) we are so excited to hear even more stories of motherhood and bring another show to fruition, so please stay tuned for submission and audition information. Make sure you don’t miss any Listen to Your Mother national news by subscribing to the our monthly newsletter for updates about auditions, ticket sales, the Listen to […]

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