A national series of live readings that celebrates Mother’s Day and benefits local communities, Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) first began in 2010 under the direction of Ann Imig, who was inspired by the stories of bloggers at the BlogHer conference in 2009. From that first 2010 show in Madison, Wisconsin, LTYM in 2013 will be held in 24 cities across the country this spring, including Oklahoma City.
“After experiencing LTYM in northwest Arkansas last year, I saw what it was to tell your story,” says Misti Pryor, producer of the OKC show. “I saw what it did for the storyteller, for the other cast members and for the audience, especially as one woman came up to me and said, ‘I’m not a mother either. Thank you. Thank you. Your story is my story.’ I believe that everyone has a story. That every story is valid. I believe that it isn’t just a fun thing, or an entertaining thing, but an essential thing to be able to tell our stories. Because we tell them not only for ourselves, but also for those who cannot. It’s a profoundly powerful experience. I wanted with my whole heart for Oklahoma to have that experience.”
Read more about LTYM Oklahoma City, including information on tickets and cast (which includes MetroFamily Editor Mari Farthing). The show will be held at the Will Rogers Theatre (4322 N Western, OKC) on Sunday, May 5. Doors open at 1:30pm, show starts at 2:00pm. General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for students with ID) and the show is all ages but mature themes mean parents should use discretion.