The Alllure of Listen to Your Mother and a Giveaway

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Listen to Your Mother


I was in the NYC 2012 production of Listen to Your Mother, and it changed my life.

Listen to Your Mother Reading Series, NYC Show
The 2012 NYC cast of Listen to Your Mother. Photo from Jennifer Lee Photography

Dramatic words, right? But, oh so true.

A brainchild of Ann Imig (you might know her from the award-winning Ann’s Rants),  the Listen to Your Mother Reading Series  truly gives “Mother’s Day a Microphone.”

So, yes, I took the microphone one day last year, and here’s how the experience of the phenomenon of Listen to Your Mother changed my life.

*I was a service-oriented journalist and the essay I wrote about my daughter that I auditioned with was one of the first personal stories I had ever written for public consumption. It felt wonderful to express myself in a new and powerful way.

*I had started a blog in 2011, but it mainly was a repository for my columns from Patch and Examiner. That all changed once I met the fantastic bloggers and performers who publish online who were in the cast with me, like Kirsten, Deborah, Holly, Kathy, Amy (our director), Varda (producer), Alysia, Patty and tons more. It made me decide to fill my blog with new posts, not regurgitated columns. That helped me find my voice. 

*I met my good friend and all around mensch Holly Rosen Fink through LTYM. Holly was one of the original members for the advisory council I put together for the board of Mothers & More, which as many of you know is a big part of my life.

*When I went to BlogHer last year, I not only knew a ton of bloggers via the #LTYM community, but I got to see a bit more of the amazing Ann Imig (the three words just go so well together, don’t you think). Ann also recently did a fantastic webinar for Mothers & More and I had the honor of interviewing her for it. 

Basically, Listen To Your Mother is changing the way America celebrates Mother’s Day, one story at a time.

This New York City production- one of 24 Listen to Your Mother shows taking place across the country this year- will feature prominent local writers and performers telling their own tales of motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Don’t miss this sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always engaging celebration.

Listen to Your Mother, And She Danced, Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Here is a photo and video clip of me from last year’s reading series telling the story about my daughter And She Danced.

This post from last year gives a little taste of my LTYM experience, in a rap poem.

The Listen to Your Mother Reading Series NYC series will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th at 5pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). Tickets are $25 (advance), $30 (at the door) and can be purchased online at

For one lucky reader, I am running a giveaway on my blog for tickets to Listen to Your Mother for the New York production. To enter, write a comment on this post. A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, May 8th.

Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to Listen to Your Mother for a giveaway, but the opinions, experiences and comments are all my own.

To enter the giveaway write a comment below why you want to win tickets to the NYC show of Listen to Your Mother.

18 thoughts on “The Alllure of Listen to Your Mother and a Giveaway”

    1. Sherry,
      I’m so glad you got a chance to experience the wonder of the show.

    1. Ann,
      I’m so glad I have a chance to share in print (as opposed to how I said it on the webinar and to everyone I know) how being in Listen to Your Mother changed my life. What a gift.

  1. It is so nice to hear stories from other mothers. I often hear common experiences and that makes motherhood seem less crazy.

    1. Jeaneane,
      It really does make you feel like we’re all in this motherhood business together–which we really are.

    2. Janeane,
      It’s true we’re all connected through our experience of motherhood, whether we are mothers, can talk about our mothers, or hope to be mothers.

    1. Jessica,
      I’m so glad you got a chance to see the magic of Listen to Your Mother. It really is a phenomenal experience that everyone should have.

  2. Looks like an awesome show! I don’t think it’s something I’d be able to get to in NYC, but I’m sharing it for some of my friends who might. 🙂

    1. Paige,
      You would be a natural. And you’ll probably have so many new stories to tell by next year.

  3. How awesome?! I would love to hear some stories told by other moms out there. IT just feels so empowering!

    1. Cindy,
      There is nothing to compare to the feeling of being on the stage and telling your story. This year I’ll be in the audience, rooting them on.

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