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National Live Show, Listen to Your Mother, Returns to DC!
Over a dozen DC stories about motherhood join hundreds across the country.

Washington, DC - Local Blogger/Writer Kate Coveny Hood and Actress and Blogger/Writer Stephanie Dulli are pleased to announce that Listen to Your Mother Show, LLC(LTYM) will return to the DC area in 2015. The acclaimed Mother's Day series of live readings will be held in 39cities across the country.

LTYM features performances by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother's Day. Born of the creative work of mothers (and fathers!) who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities, with 10% of ticket proceeds benefitting a local non-profit cause (this year, DC's cause is My Sister's Place). Beginning with one show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010, LTYM has taken the country by storm; and DC is proud to have been part of this story-telling mission since 2012.

Auditions for the DC show will be held on February 8at the National Council for Geographic Education in DC and February 15at the Reston, VA Community Center. Over the past few years, audition appointments filled up in less than a week. Hood explains that the number of auditions must be limited due to an overabundance of local talent:"every year, we struggle to narrow down a group of stories that work best together for a cohesive stage show. We have of yet to think any story brought to us wouldn't work for LTYM. If we scheduled any more auditions, casting would become impossible!"

The DC performance will take place on May 3at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium, and the performances will be filmed for LTYM's YouTube channel."National Geographic is very important in our family," says Dulli, "My father in law has worked there for 35 years and my husband runs the National Council of Geographic Education. I grew up watching the Geography Bee on television and it's a dream come true to have Listen to Your Mother at the Grosvenor!"

From auditions to show time, both Hood and Dulli agree that the most powerful element of LTYM is community."It's incredibly empowering to tell your story to others," says Hood, "But there's also power in bearing witness to those stories. When we look out at the audience, we don't just see a group of people listening-we see a theater full of personal stories that will be told after the show. And after the show, you can't help but consider that the person next to you in line at the grocery store is more than just another body in the room. In bearing witness to a story being told on stage, we're reminded that everyone has one."

DC Producer, Kate Coveny Hood blogs at the bigpieceofcake.com and has been published both online and in print (most recently in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum). The video of her 2012 LTYM performance was featured on Upworthy.com. DC Director, Stephanie Dulli is an actress and writer who blogs at stephaniedulli.com, she won the LA Weekly award for her production of Tom Jacobson's Ouroboros. As an actor she starred in over 20 award winning theatre productions including Miss Julie and Bunbury.

All announcements regarding auditions and show details can be found on the DC Listen to Your Mother page, www.listentoyourmothershow.com/dc. You can also send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For full information on the national show, visit www.listentoyourmothershow.com.

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