2017 is Listen To Your Mother's Grand Finale Season, Portland Says Good-bye

Early this summer, my show partner Susan and I agreed that the 2016 Listen To Your Mother:Portland show would be our last as producer and director.

The last three years have been so much wonderful. We gathered armfuls of storytellers, moments ago strangers, and shared their voices with hundreds of eager listeners, and held one another, tenderly witnessing our truths both hard and hilarious, both common and unique. We became community. And we will continue to be, in new and wonderful and not-entirely-known-yet ways. 

Todaythe mother of the Listen To Your Mother movement, Ann Imig, announced the upcoming 2017 season as the stellar last for ALL live Listen To Your Mother shows.  A grand finale of mother-loving goodness. This final season will include a soon-to-be-released roster of returning cities. As no new cities or production teams will be added, there will be no 2017 Portland show. We didn't know on stage in May, that our 2016 show would be Portland's last, but besides missing the chance to say good-bye and thank you in person, we wouldn't change a thing. 

To Ann Imig and the entire LTYM national team, to our directors and producer sisters in local cities nationwide, to our kick-ass sponsors, photographers, videographers, and venue, to my two glorious production partners, Kelli Martinelli and Susan Fleming, and our beautiful family of storytellers: THANK YOU for the opportunity, for the support, for the magic. I had the most amazing time.  Love and luck to us all. -Carisa

 

The Videos are Here!

Unity. What we need right now and can never have enough of.

  ltym:PORTLAND 2016 CAST From left to right: Amy McMullen, Susan Fleming, Becky Rude, Mandy Tuthill, Moi, Sue Campbell, Sandy Parks, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Leslie Williams, Rita Ott Ramstad, Kylene Moss Grell

ltym:PORTLAND 2016 CAST From left to right: Amy McMullen, Susan Fleming, Becky Rude, Mandy Tuthill, Moi, Sue Campbell, Sandy Parks, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Leslie Williams, Rita Ott Ramstad, Kylene Moss Grell

Today the Listen To Your Mother show is offering up 500 unique, personal perspectives of the human experience viewed through the lens of motherhood.  With tremendous thanks to our production team for their diligent processing, we are pleased to announce the videos from our 2016 LTYM show season are now ready for the eyes of the Internet. You'll find our 3rd annual Portland show, right...about...here.

 

 

Each of this season’s 41 shows can be found on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel,  which features a selection of playlists by city and topic. For 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families. You will also find 2016 Director/Producer playlist2016 featured videos, and 2016 humor videos.

A few tips for first time viewers: the stories of each show were thoughtfully assembled in a particular order, so if you’re looking for something akin to the live show experience, go in for an entire city’s playlist and watch in order from start to finish.

Also, tissues.

Come together with us, watch and listen.

Portland's Gratitude

Portland's Gratitude

We’ve got gratitude, yes we do, we’ve got gratitude…for you! (How embarrassing. I’ve reverted twenty years,  to my accidental cheerleading days.) It’s true though, Susan and I, we’re feeling thankful. The third annual Listen To Your Mother:Portland show was a dynamite success. Stories told, tears cried, laughs belted out loud. We’re grateful for the chance to put the show together and we loved doing it. From the storytellers who compelled the connection to the audience who held us tenderly as we braved the stage, we've got a lot of thanks to give...READ MORE

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Announcing the 2016 Listen To Your Mother:Portland Cast

Announcing the 2016 Listen To Your Mother:Portland Cast

Here in Portland we have been thrice blessed (that’s fun to say) with plentiful motherhood stories.  

Nutrient rich waves of words flooded auditions for our third annual show, quenching our thirst for connection, saturating our hearts, reminding us that stories are one of our most valuable and (thank gawd) infinite resources.

Come on over and meet the cast. 

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LTYM:Portland, Year the Third

LTYM:Portland, Year the Third

Happy November, Listen to Your Mother lovers!

Today, LTYM launched this exquisite video to kick off our 41 city (wowza), 2016 season. 

Local-wise, Portland is delighted to declare we will produce Listen To Your Mother a third year, with a fresh cast, brand new stories and a half-new production team.

Come see us on the official LTYM:Portland website for the low-down on the show (down?) and standby for a ping on your radar in early January, when we  announce show and audition dates.  

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Thank You, Portland!

Cast love amidst final applause. Photo by Johann Leiter JML Foto creative

Portland, you’re beautiful. Thank you, THANK YOU for last night.  For your warm reception and loving embrace. Family, friends, strangers (no more), we adore you. We shared, we listened, we grew. Together.

Kelli and I are jam-packed with gratitude for the support that brought us to the stage for our second Listen To Your Mother: Portland production.  Read More...

The Magic is a Given. Duh.

The Magic is a Given. Duh.

A few weeks prior to auditions for our 2015 Listen To Your Mother:Portland show, the 2014 cast including producer Kelli Martinelli and myself, gathered to meet the baby daughter of one of the group. It had been months since we’d seen one another, and most of us have only been together a handful of times ever, but we no less felt like the sisters we had become during our experience together with the show. We hung on each other, laughed loudly, shared deeply, and reveled in the darling infant so dear to us, who had come into being during the time we had come to be so close.

As we were hugging and saying our reluctant goodbyes, I registered a moment of doubt about our chances of producing anything close to something so special, a second time. It isn’t a perfect comparison, but it was something similar to loving your first child so extremely you cannot imagine loving your next as much.

And then when your second child is born, you are immediately reminded of the limitlessness of your capacity to love and cannot believe you ever had a doubt.

The magic of Listen To Your Mother storytelling isn’t confined to a single isolated event, particular cast, year, or city. The only thing that separates these shows is time and space. Each component is part of a whole.

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