Join Us at The Athenaeum Theatre on 5/3/15 at 2PM!

Tickets on sale NOW! 

Over the past 3 years, we have had the privilege to not only bring 3 fantastic shows to the stage, but to donate substantial amounts to local organizations that hold places in our hearts.

Bright Pink, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Recovery on Water were charities that meant something special to Melisa and me.

This year’s donation recipient is just as special. We cannot wait to donate 10% of our ticket proceeds to the Chicago branch of The Red Pump Project!

From their site:

“The Red Pump Project® is a nonprofit organization raising awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. We empower, educate, and motivate action by boldly driving conversation online and offline around HIV prevention and issues related to sexual and reproductive health. The Red Pump serves as a symbol of empowerment representing the strength and courage of women affected by HIV/AIDS.”

RedPumpLogoSince 2009, when co-founders Luvvie Ajayi and Karyn (Brianne) Watkins started a social media campaign to raise awareness, The Red Pump Project has grown in leaps and bounds. They currently have official ambassadors in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas and DC and a social media following of over 10,000 (and growing!). I encourage you to browse their website; I especially appreciate the blog posts where honest information is given on topics that some may consider “embarrassing.” Different types of birth control are discussed at length with their effectiveness rates and misconceptions. You will find personal stories written by women who are living with HIV/AIDS and be moved as they share their experiences and challenges which are touching and REAL. The goal is to destigmatize the conversation and illuminate the power that women can have over their own reproductive and sexual health.

Chicagoans who are interested in what events and services The Red Pump Project can provide need only to look at their website for information on Chicago’s calendar.

Karyn and Luvvie say it so well on the Chicago page:



“Determined to combine our love of shoes with our passion for fighting HIV/AIDS, we launched The Red Pump Project. Over the years, we have been blessed to meet and gain the support of so many individuals and organizations committed to fighting the epidemic in communities across the country. However, Chicago is where we call home and it is where our organization was born. While our city has seen some progress in the fight against HIV, there is still plenty of work to be done. We continue to educate ourselves – and each community – in settings free of stigma and shame. We hope that you will join us in this journey and look forward to seeing you at a future event.”

We are incredibly honored that Luvvie Ajayi (aka Awesomely Luvvie) and Karyn Watkins will be attending the Chicago LTYM show on Sunday. Luvvie will speak about their non-profit and volunteers will be available to answer questions and share information about their fabulous organization. Join us as we celebrate Motherhood on stage and lift up their organization in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Tickets for the 2:00 show on May 3rd at the Athenaeum can be found HERE.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Emerald City Theatre

by Melisa on April 26, 2015

Emerald City Theatre has been an amazing local sponsor this year: they provided the audition space for us back in February when we were selecting our cast! (Refresh your memory on that HERE.)

We wanted to tell you about two things they have going on: one is for kids and one is for adults!

First, the kids:

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Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play is being staged at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park through May 16. Based on the books by Mo Willems, this musical (which is appropriate for ages three and up) was written by Mo Willems with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.

Here’s a synopsis:
“Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie just wants to play! Our favorite characters from Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series set the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical, where pachyderm and swine heroically explore the importance of friendship. With the help of nutty backup singers, the Squirelles, this is an animal party that you won’t want to miss!”

Tickets begin at $15 for children and adults (before fees). A limited number of $10 tickets are available for each performance.

And for the adults?


Emerald City Theatre is hosting the first annual Wicked Soirée, its premiere adults-only fundraiser, at the Untitled Supper Club in River North, featuring an online auction with prizes from Chicago’s most esteemed establishments.

Auction Details:
Bidding for the silent auction will be held online May 8 – May 16 and will feature villainously valuable prizes, such as:

~ $1,000 gift card and design consultation from Land of Nod
~ Memorabilia and tickets to Chicago’s home teams including the Bulls, White Sox, and Bears
~ Tickets, gift certificates, and access to your favorite Chicago hot spots such as The J. Parker, Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Ikram, and more!

Information on the silent auction will be available online May 8.

Event Details:
Guests will relish Untitled’s Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning cuisine, sample the largest collection of American whiskies in the world, and dance the night away.

The Wicked Soirée
Saturday, May 16th
Untitled Supper Club
111 W Kinzie St, Chicago
6 – 7 PM VIP Whiskey Tasting
7 – 10 PM Main Event

Tickets begin at $125 and are available at or over the phone at (773) 529-2690.

Funds raised at this event will be used to support Emerald City Theatre and its One Fund program which brings a free play and a free book to qualifying low-income Chicago Public School students.

So there you go! Check out these events from Emerald City Theatre, and tell them that LTYM Chicago sent you!

(Thanks again so much for your support this year, ECT!)

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Cast Spotlight on Cindy Fey

April 25, 2015

Some people were born to be on stage; Cindy Fey is one of those people!  ~~~ Ham Mom  by Cindy Fey Come May third, the day I step onstage for my first Listen To Your Mother show, I can guarantee you that my heart will be racing. A party of butterflies will be dancing in my stomach and my armpits will probably be soaked, but make no mistake; I’ll be happy as a clam. I love the spotlight. Go ahead, call me a ham. That’s me, shameless under the stage lights. Never one to let my deep-seated introversion or a lack of talent hold me back. I’ll karaoke all night. As a mother, my immunity to most embarrassment has served me well. Need a volunteer to don a Plastic Bag Monster costume and roar “I don’t degrade for a million years!” at the kids in the lunchroom on Earth Day? Pick me! Need […]

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Sponsor Spotlight: Prentice Women’s Hospital!

April 24, 2015

Tracey and I keep on stating that we could not do this show without sponsors, because it’s true. Having the support of local businesses is literally what keeps us going, and this year we were tremendously blessed with the return of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital to our LTYM Chicago family.   Just like last year when our charity partner was Recovery On Water (a support service and exercise program for women who are currently in treatment or have been through treatment for breast cancer), Prentice Women’s Hospital is a perfect fit with our 2015 charity, The Red Pump Project (an organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, using the red shoe as a symbol of empowerment.) Women’s health and how to get care when needed are issues of the utmost importance. Prentice Women’s Hospital takes great care of women in every area of health: Prentice […]

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The Coolest Thing

April 23, 2015

Want to know what the coolest thing about Listen To Your Mother is? It’s not the stage and the lights, or being on YouTube.It’s not the opportunities to be on national NBC or local webcasts. The coolest thing isn’t seeing your casting choices being published in books and their names in a line up of renowned authors and speakers. The bestest, coolest, most amazing thing about LTYM is this: The friendships… The connections… The people you meet and the bonds that are formed. The coolest thing is the support that is given, in good moments and bad. This is what makes me swell up inside! Knowing that we are instruments in connecting these lives together, making wishes into reality, and validating the stories that never cease to amaze me. It really is the coolest thing… Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this year’s Coolest Experience. Tickets on sale NOW for […]

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