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Cast Spotlight: Lauren, Divya and Ashley

by cheryls on March 29, 2015

Listen To Your Mother Boston is getting closer and closer to show day! We had our first rehearsal last weekend, and it’s pure magic watching as the stories unfold around the room (you can see what our cast member Kerri thought about it on her blog!). It’s amazing to see how a group of total strangers can bond so intensely after sharing just five minutes of who they are and what they’ve experienced. All of this is going to come together in a show we know you won’t forget. Get to know more about our cast below, with profiles on Lauren, Divya and Ashley!

LaurenNortonLauren Norton is a mom of one son and veteran teacher of many.  She claims the “veteran” status as one who has taught (fought) adolescents for over 28 years, the past 13 in Massachusetts’ Juvenile Justice System.  Teaching these particular teenage boys has been a rich and wild ride.  She loves getting them hooked on reading and has been called a “book fiend” because of it.  When asked what it’s like to teach boys in a correctional setting, Lauren paraphrases Mark Twain:  “They give me a great deal of trouble, and I enjoy it very much.”  Some of Lauren’s writing about her boys can be found at Kids in the System.  She is currently at work on a novel.


Divya headshotFifteen years ago, Divya Kumar tried to be a rock star.  After a couple years of gigs and a CD of original music, she went to public health school to promote reproductive justice.  Since then, she has taught sex education, advocated for trauma survivors, and provided postpartum support for new families. In 2013, she created a state-funded postpartum depression prevention pilot program in four community health centers in Massachusetts.  She also runs support groups for moms and brings camaraderie, honesty, and humor to the various levels of hell that are parenthood.  Always willing to talk to neighbors, strangers, and anyone who will listen, Divya creates community and brings people together with her infectious energy and relentless ability to tell it like it is.  She lives in Jamaica Plain with her college-sweetheart-turned-husband and their two children, with whom she still sings loudly.  She sometimes dreams of giving it all up to make brownies for new mamas and lick batter off her fingers for a living.


AshleyAshley Turney lives in Connecticut but her mind, imagination and dreams are almost always somewhere else. Italy beckoned Ashley at an early age and when she finally made it there in 1990, it almost instantly became a part of her.  She has studied, lived and worked in Italy for almost 25 years and is the owner of L’Esperta, an Italian travel and lifestyle company. When she is not busy helping people live la dolce vita, Ashley is a wife, mother and stepmother, a volunteer at a therapeutic riding center and still to this day holds the Trinity College field hockey record for most shutouts in a season.  Ashley blogs on her website, and you can also follow her on Facebook – because we all need a little dolce vita in our lives.

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Cast Spotlight: Caroline, Debbie and Kerri

by cheryls on March 15, 2015

The snow covering Boston has finally begun to melt and we’re less than a week away from our first Listen To Your Mother rehearsal! Jessica, Phyllis and I can’t wait to get the entire gang together for the first time and to see the magic of this show unfold. Let’s meet cast members Caroline, Debbie and Kerri!


bicks.headshot.ltymCaroline Bicks is an English professor at Boston College and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. Her first book, Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England, will make you grateful to be living in a world with epidurals. Her next one, Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas (co-written with Michelle Ephraim), will make you grateful for a good drink. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and in the show and book Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine. She and Michelle blog at and tweet at @EverydayShakes. She lives in Brookline with her husband and their two kids.



DSC_7521Debbie Sosin wears so many hats, she might have missed her calling as a milliner. She is an essayist, children’s-book author, teacher, editor, singer, storyteller, and psychotherapist. Her mindfulness-themed picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, will be released in September. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle (forthcoming), and Salon; and in two anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? She teaches at GrubStreet and offers “Write It Like It Is” workshops and personal coaching for writers. Debbie occasionally reads from her angst-ridden teenage diaries in the show Mortified. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Find out more at


IMG_2404_edited-1Kerri Ames is a working mom from Cape Cod with her husband, two daughters, untrainable dog and a bunny who was supposed to live outside. Kerri writes about raising two children, one whom has a rare genetic disorder, with humor and honesty at Diagnosed but Still Okay. Kerri possesses many titles: mom, wife, advocate, business manager, writer, trail runner and lover of wine. Her passion is advocacy for all children to be accepted for who they are regardless of ability.  Kerri believes you can conquer any challenge in this world with good friends, family and a bonfire on the beach.  She acknowledges that without her village of support her life would be infinitely more difficult.  You can follow Kerri on Facebook and Twitter at @undiagnosedbut.

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Cast Spotlight: Samantha, Claire and Ronna

March 8, 2015

Now that we’ve announced our 2015 LTYM Boston cast, it’s time to get to know each of our cast members a little better. Let’s start with Samantha, Claire and Ronna. Samantha McGarry is a working mom, trying to juggle her career in PR, her family and her half-assed attempts at domesticity one crazy day at a time – with a smile on her face. She blogs at Keeping the Glass Half Full and her writing has also appeared on Huffington Post Parents and BlogHer. Samantha is happiest when dancing … or eating cheese. Don’t forget to ask to see a picture of her infamous Hippo Cake and follow her on Twitter at @samanthamcgarry. Claire Goss is a stay-at-home mother of three young kids and lives in suburban Boston. She has a MA degree in Child Development, which doesn’t come in handy at all when your child has just ripped open 10 packets of instant oatmeal […]

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It’s the 2015 LTYM Boston Cast!

March 2, 2015

It all starts with a couple of empty chairs. In Boston, we make sure to have tissues and some chocolate on hand. You braved snow (OMG so much snow), cold temperatures and a lot of nerves to come and share your stories, and we are so honored to have heard every one of them. Here’s your Boston cast for the 2015 show! Kerri Ames Ronna Benjamin Caroline Bicks Lauren Norton Lindsay Goodwin Claire Goss Divya Kumar Terri Lee Samantha McGarry Debbie Sosin Ashley Turney Jessica Woodbury, Boston show Director, will also read. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! We hope to see you Saturday, May 9 at 2 pm at The Old South Church in Copley Square. Tickets are available for $15 (plus a small servicing fee) online or $20 at the door. 10% of sales proceeds will benefit The Second Step. We hope to see you there! by

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Five Minutes To Freedom

February 15, 2015

Everything about Listen To Your Mother takes a little bit (or a lot) of courage. Deciding you want to tell your story publicly, thinking about how you want to tell it, putting it on paper, and sending it to us. And then, of course, there is the physical act of going to a set place at a set time and standing in front of people you don’t know and trusting them with the story you care about so much. 2014 Boston cast member Chandreyee Lahiri shared the experience of her audition and what that day felt like. Chandreyee sent us two different pieces, but just like everyone else it was ultimately up to her which one she was going to share. One was a warm and nostalgic piece about her own mother, one was the intimate story of her miscarriage.   “The morning of the audition, I flipped maniacally back and forth about […]

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