Listen To Your Mother San Francisco 2016!

Happy New Year, dear readers!

I hope you survived the holidays with only moderately raised cholesterol, a renewed appreciation for teachers, and that priceless gift…time to yourself.

In all the chaos, I forgot to tell you that I’m going to part of Listen To Your Mother again! WHEE! I have joined the amazing team of Janine Kovac and Mary Hill as a co-director/producer! Some of you might remember that I performed in this powerful live reading series celebrating motherhood in 2013 and it feels so good coming back to it on the other side.

Yes - rehearsals are this fun!

Back in 2013 with the cast – and yes, rehearsals are this fun!

If you’re newish to my blog and have no idea what I’m talking about, let me explain. Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) was founded in Madison, WI, by my friend, Ann Imig.  As Ann says:

The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.

This year, LTYM will be in 41 cities in the US and Canada, and it marks the 5th annual San Francisco show. It’s been lauded in places like The New York Times, HuffPost Parents, The Washington Post, The Boston Herald and MSN.com, to name a few.

Janine, Mary and I just announced our show date (mark your calendar: MAY 6th at the Brava Theater!) and call for submissions and that’s where you come in. If you live in the Bay Area and have a motherhood story, we want to hear it! Send it in! Be brave! I love what the LTYM Chicago co-producer and member of the LTYM National Team, Melisa Wells, says:

This is not a show for professional speakers/writers (though we welcome all levels of experience). LTYM is about Motherhood and Motherhood is for EVERYONE. Your voice and story may be the one that reshapes someone’s perspective of life when our 2016 show hits the stage… Your story is unique. Your story is needed. Your voice IS worthy and your words ARE good enough.

For all of the SF LTYM show submission details, click HERE for our official announcement. We will accept submissions starting next week, from 1/25-2/8.

And if you don’t live in the Bay Area, I bet there’s a LTYM show nearby! And if not, do you know that you can bring one to your town? Check at the national site for more info.

Thanks, as always, for listening to me.

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