Listen to Your Mother – San Francisco

It’s official!

I’ll be performing at the Listen to Your Mother show in San Francisco on May 6th!

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I had submitted a humorous essay last year but was too ill to audition for the show after the piece was selected. Not content to submit the same piece this year, I wrote a new 800-word essay that took me several years to write: five years to reflect on my experience and two weeks to commit to paper this past January.

What was I thinking? What was wrong with sticking to humor?

Me (well, a not so reasonable facsimile) when I began writing:


Me (a more reasonable facsimile) after finishing:


No, the essay has nothing to do with Norman Bates or chainsaws. And yes, there is a bit of humor in what would have been a thoroughly tragic story. 

I hope that those who hear it for the first time during the performance will be moved to think about those they love, the things their loved ones hold dear, and what those things signify in their relationships.

Looking forward to sharing the story with you all after the performance. For those who live in the Bay Area, I’d be eternally grateful if you come and cheer me on. Stay tuned for ticket sales info. Cheers!

36 thoughts on “Listen to Your Mother – San Francisco

  1. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    Congratulations on being selected! Do we say break a leg? Best of luck. And, glad you were able to write about your experience. Well, it’s easier to deal with the tragedy once we find the humor into and cling to the humor.

  2. Janine Kovac says:

    Thrilled that you will be a part of the cast, Jilanne! Keep your peeps posted–tickets will go on sale SOON!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks, Beth! If the video of my reading makes it onto the LTYM website, I’ll link to it. Otherwise, I’ll figure out how to do a reasonable recording and post it along with the text.

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Congratulations and best of luck! This is really cool. I suspect you’re more comfortable with public speaking than I am. My knees shake just thinking of it. (But I’ve done it because I’ve had to. I just pull up those big girl pants and get it done with. 🙂 )

  4. Lady Fancifull says:

    Oh well DONE, Jilanne. A video link after the event would be wonderful for your many blog by and other friends living too far away from San Fran to attend in real. I hope some of the cookies at least get shared out – even if you can’t upload the whole cookie, we can hopefully nibble on crumbs. I hope it is a terrific evening

  5. Ste J says:

    Massive congratulations, I can’t wait to hear more! If only I lived on your continent I would have my social life much sorted out with people doing such wonderful things as this.

  6. Mrs. P says:

    This is fantastic. Admittedly, I wasn’t familiar with the show and had to listen to it on YouTube…WOW! I’m sharing this and hopefully will be able to inspire some of my Bay Area friends to see the show.

      • Mrs. P says:

        Will do ! 😀 😀

        By the way, are you still out of town. The reason I ask is I’ll be driving by your area in a couple of weeks. My schedule is very tight but I’d love to stop in and say hi, maybe share some tea or coffee.

  7. Mél@nie says:

    bravo & congrats! 🙂 I was in SF last December and I miss “it’ each and every day… ❤ Mrs P knows why… 😉
    * * *
    my very best, good luck in all your endeavours & friendly thoughts from Toulouse, France, "old Europe" – the land of your ancestors… 🙂

      • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

        Oh, and about my ancestors. Of those I know about, one great-grandparent was from the Alsace-Lorraine area of France. Two from Prussia (that’s how they signed the census form) and one from Ireland. And I think there’s a Swede or two thrown in there somewhere. 😀

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