Meet the Cast: Tuere, Jessica and Roshni

by taya on April 17, 2017

Hey there Baltimore!!! 

There are only 2 weeks until our show on April 29 and we are EXCITED!!!!!!! 

Each week we’ll be giving a little sneak peek at our cast members. 

Today we are featuring Tuere, Jessica, and Roshni!

Introducing  Tuere T.S. Ganges

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LTYM: Who IS Tuere?

TUERE: Friends and family call her Tui or “2E.” Her kids call her “Ma!” or mommy. Her students call her “Ms. G.” Bill collectors just call (she debates on answering.) Tuere is a single mother who tries to write when the moment strikes. She teaches English to 12th graders in Baltimore City. She’s been published, her work performed and produced, (keeping with the P’s) she’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she writes poetry but feels she hasn’t earned the “poet” title just yet, and it appears as though she may be able to add “playwright” to her list of appellations and pretentious epithet.

LTYM: How did you learn about LTYM?

TUERE: I learned about LTYM through Andria Nacina Cole. Some years ago, Andria had a writers conference in Washington, DC, “Flanked,” and I was honored to be chosen to attend. The, I think it’s healthy, cyber-stalkage ensued and I saw a posting about the auditions.

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LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember your mother saying to you?

TUERE: The craziest thing my mom ever told me, well, there’s a lot to choose from, but I talk about one of these moments in my piece, “Always get back up.” My mom’s version of that advice landed me in the principal’s office at least once and she’ll brag about the phone call she received. “Ms. Ganges, we have your daughter here in the office for fighting and she said that YOU told her to do it!” “Yes, yes I did,” she proudly replied.

LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

TUERE: I’m sure mom’s threats…um…words of wisdom…led to my wish for my kids to succeed, be happy, find love, and to get back up when life knocks you down.

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Tuere doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.

Introducing  Roshni Rao

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LTYM: Who IS Roshni?

ROSHNI: I have taken half a day to ponder this question and I realize that the reason is because it is every day that I discover a new piece of my personality I didn’t know was also me. Thus far I have learned that I am extremely passionate about the things and people I care about, I’m crazy about animals and I live to eat.  I get a flutter in my stomach from excitement when someone mentions a road trip and sometimes I make spontaneous decisions, most of which turn out ok (I think). Music is my life’s panacea and so is a good cry and some cuddles.

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

ROSHNI: A year ago, while pregnant and at the juncture at which I had to confront the reality of becoming a mother, I felt like I had a lot of thoughts to share about the obvious changes to my body and my mind set. At that time I saw announcements on Taya’s Facebook page for LTYM auditions and I began to consider auditioning. While I wrestled with the idea, the days went by and the auditions were closed. When the announcement was made again this year, I made the decision to quieten the self-doubt, write my story and seize the day.

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LTYM: What do you wish most for your child?

ROSHNI: At the very top of the list I wish for my son to be happy, healthy and strong. More specifically, I wish that he is free to be whoever he chooses to become and confidently embraces his individuality. My hope is that he remains curious, never loses a sense of adventure and contributes positively to this world with kindness and strength.

LTYM: Tell us 2 fun facts about yourself.

ROSHNI:  I was a tomboy growing up and at some point I embraced  and accepted my femininity. It took a lot of screaming, yelling and my aunt and mom chasing me around the house to get me to try on my very first bra.  It may be surprising to my friends that I have never had a manicure or pedicure.  I don’t have any idea about makeup (I own one lipstick and eyeliner) and could not tell you the difference between bronzer and concealer.  Oh and shopping stresses me out.  I once hitchhiked through New Zealand, making money for food and accommodation by singing and playing the guitar on the streets.  During that trip, I also jumped off a canyon.  I guess those were wilder days.

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Roshni doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.

Introducing Jessica Gregg

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LTYM: Who IS Jessica?

JESSICA: I am the person at the counter in Belvedere Square who is writing away, cup of coffee at hand, happy for the noise and bustle around me as I scribble a story or essay. I love to write and always have. I love to rewrite, too, which was how I knew this whole writing thing and I were meant to be. I worked as a journalist for a long time and then spent some time in the world of education. Both were socially acceptable ways to people watch – you can learn so much about a person in a 10-minute interview or when you teach them how to write.

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

JESSICA: For a few years, I had a blog called Charm City Writer. I started the blog as a New Year’s resolution and kept it up because I started to get followers, but mostly because it was a good way to share my life as well as to document these years with kids that go so fast. I must have been Googling parenting blogs one day when I saw something for Listen to Your Mother and I signed up for the audition. Right before the audition, I found out my job would be eliminated within the next few months, so in a panic I started a job search that consumed my free time. And truthfully, my confidence as I didn’t go to the audition. This year, when the LYTM email came out, I saw the all-important word, final. This was the final time this was happening in Baltimore. Time for a new resolution: Get out of my comfort zone and try out. So, I did.

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LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

JESSICA: I wish for my children to do good in the world. My son, who is 14, is a 9-11 baby. His father and I weren’t sure we were going to have any more children until we lost friends that day. From the sadness of that time, Doyle came into our lives, an old soul who is both loyal and kind. His 17-year-old sister Leeannah is ebullient and infectious in her enthusiasm. Both of them bring me great joy and it is my wish for them to make their corner of the world – and maybe others’ corners as well – a better place. A few months after the unrest in 2015, the three of us toured colleges for Leeannah. When we mentioned that we were from Baltimore, the response ranged from curious questioning to physical recoiling. Baltimore has been our city for 10 years – I want my kids to be good stewards of it and to carefully tend the other places they call home.

LTYM: Tell us 2 fun facts about yourself.

JESSICA: I have two sisters and all three of us are left-handed; our parents are right-handed. I am a diehard urbanite who strives to give a backstreets tour of Baltimore as well as my father (that man knows things), but I also lived in Montana for seven years and am very proud of my Western hardiness, a.k.a. I can shovel some snow.

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Jessica doesn’t blog, but maybe she will again after the show! We are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.

We hope you’ll join us at the show in 12 days. Here are the details:

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium
on the campus of Mercy High School
1300 E. Northern Parkway

Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets. Grab a friend or two, then click HERE to purchase your tickets. Special group pricing is available. Stay tuned – later this week we will be talking about our amazing charity partner. As always, if you have any questions regarding the show, please email us at and we’d be happy to chat with you.  See you on April 29, ok?

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