LTYM The OC: Wrapping up show day!

by cheryl on May 14, 2014

I stepped out into the foyer of Ebell Club in Santa Ana and stopped. The place was packed. I took a deep breath and announced to the crowd that the doors were about to open. Everyone cheered. And in that moment, I knew all that had gone into bringing this amazing Listen to Your Mother Show to The OC would be worth every second. The cast walked onto the stage and the magic began. Each woman on our amazing cast stood alone at the podium and read her piece.


From Debbie’s first line of Finding My Bird, you could’ve heard a pin drop in the theater.


Co-producer Katherine Kotkin had the audience – and the cast – rolling with her rap Moms Don’t Dance.

I watched as the audience members laughed, wiped away tears, sat quietly transfixed and hung on every word. This was a shared experience, and that’s from where the power of Listen to Your Mother comes. The standing ovation at the end might have lasted a couple of minutes, but for those who read and for those who listened, the show wasn’t over. It lives on in conversations and memories. Friends who attended couldn’t stop talking about the show for days after and couldn’t pick just one favorite piece. Others mentioned auditioning in the future, or knowing someone who should. For the cast members, the moment was unforgettable. The show changed them profoundly – because from now on, they are part of the Listen to Your Mother family.

Cast of LTYM THe OC

The amazing cast of LTYM The OC

We’d like to thank Ana Brandt Photography for the amazing shots that captured so many moments of LTYM The OC.

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I cannot stress enough, how thrilled I am that we are doing the Listen To Your Mother Show at the Ebell Club Theater in Santa Ana.

I’ve always been a sucker for historic theaters, and with this one, we hit the jackpot.  Not only is it a historic building (a little rare in Orange County) but it is a structure that is of great significance to women.

The Ebell Club was founded by women, for the benefit of women, women’s education and sharing. Beautiful antiques and turn of the (20th) century photographs line the halls of this building.  I am certain I can feel the founders smiling down at us as I walk the halls.

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How do you describe a air of something from times past? It’s like a whiff of perfume that lingers. It wafts the memory of a certain, live in the flesh sisterhood and solidarity. The sort of thing that sometimes gets lost in the internet age.


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Even though the founders are no longer walking the hallway, meeting for lunch and tea, their spirits linger. There’s a creative and literary spark that still breathes here. It will certainly fill and uplift you when you come to see our show!

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The stage is impressive and I cannot wait to see all of our wonderful writers up there this weekend, in the spotlight, sharing their stories.

So Make sure to GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! It’s going to be spectacular! 

The Ebell houses a large and impressive 400 seat theater. We probably won’t fill all the seats  but that’s ok,  we’ll be wrapped in good company regardless.

If you are unsure about driving directions to the theater, please see Katherine’s post about getting to the Ebell. It’s a short hop off the 5 freeway and there is free parking!

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Finding your way to Ebell Club

April 16, 2014

  You want to come to Listen to Your Mother The OC on April 27th because there’s really no better way to celebrate mothers and Mother’s Day and support WisePlace, a charity that helps women in need. But it’s in Santa Ana. Are you new to the neighborhood? Not familiar with the area? The Ebell Club of the Santa Ana Valley is located in the City of Santa Ana, in the historic French Park neighborhood. Exit the 5 freeway at Grand Ave./Santa Ana Blvd. The Ebell Club is only one mile from the freeway! The Ebell Club 625 French Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 547-6331 From the 5 North: Exit 104B toward Grand Ave. Make a right on Santa Ana Blvd. From the 5 South: Exit 104. Turn left off the exit ramp on to Grand Ave., and then your next right onto Santa Ana Blvd. From Santa Ana Blvd.: Make a […]

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Meet the cast: Sarah Maizes

April 14, 2014

Sarah Maizes is a former literary agent and entertainment development executive turned comedian, award-winning author, freelance blogger, and Parenting /Lifestyle humorist. She is the author of three humor books including Got Milf? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great and Rocking a Minivan (Berkley Publishing Group), and three picture books for children including On My Way To The Bath (Walker Books), a Bank Street/Children’s Book Council’s “Best Children’s Book of 2013,” A HAISLN recommended reading list book, and a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Main Selection. Its sequel, On My Way to Bed (also a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Holiday Selection) was a New York Times “Bookshelf Pick.” Her third book in the series On My Way to School will be published in 2014. She is a regular contributor to, The Huffington Post, and CBS/’s “Best of LA.” Her work has also been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, Babytalk Magazine, on,, […]

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Meet the cast: Angela Camacho

April 11, 2014

I am a mother, Latina, Business Development Manager, Blogger, cockeyed optimist, hurdler, and the ring leader to my circus. I love my life, my children, heels, and my mom’s homemade tortillas. I have four children: Elisha (21), Victoria (17), Clarissa (14) and Andrew (6). These kids are my life and pulse. Elisha, my oldest was born with special needs and her life expectancy was age 7. She has taught me about love, patience, and compassion. I encourage my children to follow their dreams. As a family we spend a lot of time in the arts. We paint on canvas, explore photography, and spend a lot of time in museums and theaters. My life is anything but ordinary and these kiddos keep me on my toes. I work as a Business Development Manager for IFFG in Costa Mesa. I also write and collaborate for Momfluential. I am a proud daughter of a Bracero. My […]

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