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The Last First

by Tracey on March 20, 2017


L-R, Top-Bottom: Danielle Zack, Kristin Galbraith, Karen Zatz, Natasha C. Nicholes, Tracey Becker, Brandie Langer, Jackie Pick, Steven Krage, Lea Grover, Melisa Wells, June Cavarretta, Kim Cavill, Janine Peltier Macris, Emma Langer, Kristin Mantta. Photo credit: Balee Images

Our last first rehearsal was on Saturday, and we were BLOWN AWAY! Each year, we think we know what we are getting into with each piece that is chosen, and each year, we are surprised by just how beautiful it is to hear them all together.So many unique perspectives… such different walks of life. Yet it all comes down to the same undercurrent that is the driving theme behind the show: Love. Acceptance. Motherhood.

ltym20172One more time for Melisa and me to mimic each other unintentionally.



Perhaps it’s because it’s our last time doing this show, but this year just seems so… perfect. There were moments during the rehearsal that it struck me how very many lives have been brought together because of it… because of US. Because of YOU. Every cast member, auditioner, audience member, sponsor… We are so grateful for every single person who has believed in this project. Without you all, moments like these wouldn’t be possible.ltym20179

Thank you to Brandi Lee of Balee Images for using your artistic eye to capture the love and laughter behind the scenes! We can NOT stress how much you mean to us.

Tickets are still available for the Early Bird discount, ending on March 31!

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Meet Our Cast and Buy Your Tickets Today!

by Tracey on March 8, 2017

We are only 10 days away from the first rehearsal where all of our cast finally meets in person and hears each other’s stories! It’s such an amazing day, and we are so honored to be able to bring this experience to our final cast. The show’s essays are always a secret, but we DO want you to get excited about what you will hear on stage in May; a great way to learn more about our cast and the potential readings you will hear is to visit our freshly updated Bio page, complete with photos, links, and interesting facts/stories about each cast member.

Did you know that from now until March 31, tickets are at Early Bird pricing? For the grand finale show at the Athenaeum, one of Chicago’s most elegant and beautiful landmark theatres, the price can NOT be beat. As an FYI to all: ticket sales are SOARING this year and we fully foresee selling out. This is not the year to procrastinate!

Click HERE to get your Early Bird tickets!

LTYM Chicago 2016 bow

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Announcing Chicago’s Sixth Annual LTYM Show Cast!

February 24, 2017

Wow. The end. Thanks for reading! Just kidding! We have an announcement to make and can’t just stop writing at “wow”, but truly: WOW. Tracey and I had so much fun last weekend hearing your stories at auditions, Chicago. We laughed, we cried, we nodded, we said “me too” a bunch of times. It was our honor to take in your words and roll them around in our heads for a while. Just like always, we were so impressed with the talent (and heart!) in the Windy City. Making the “mixtape” of stories for our sixth and final show at the Athenaeum Theatre on Sunday May 7 at 2pm (Do you like how I tossed a plug in there?) was a challenge because as usual we had so much to choose from, but in the end the stories ended up sort of choosing themselves, and each other, if that makes any sense. Tracey […]

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LTYM Chicago 2017 Submission Period Is Now OPEN!

January 13, 2017

It’s here, it’s here! Today is finally here! We are NOW accepting submissions for Chicago’s 2017 Listen To Your Mother Show, which will be held on Sunday May 7 at 2:00pm, at the gorgeous Athenaeum Theatre! From today, January 13, until 11:59pm CT on January 31, all submissions are welcome for consideration. Please make sure to read and understand these details before you submit your true motherhood story: 1. IMPORTANT: Each piece must fall between 3-5 minutes when read aloud. This is approximately 2 pages, but will vary widely depending on format, content, and speaking style. PLEASE PRACTICE BEFORE SUBMITTING and edit appropriately to achieve the desired time. (Note: we cannot emphasize how important the time of your essay is. It’s okay if it’s a little over five minutes, but if it’s way over then your chances of being selected for the show will likely decrease. Also, please note that all essays are […]

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2017 Non-Profit Choice!

January 4, 2017

For the past 5 years that Listen To Your Mother has been in Chicago, we have been honored to choose non-profit organizations that will benefit from the profits generated by our ticket sales. 10% of all ticket proceeds have been donated to Bright Pink, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Recovery on Water, The Red Pump Project, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion.  A lot of thought and consideration is put into this decision, so it is with huge smiles that Melisa and I have chosen Deborah’s Place as the beneficiary of the 2017 Chicago show. Since 1985, after seeing the unique needs of homeless women in Chicago, Deborah’s Place has provided services to ensure that local women have clean, safe, and affordable housing. The organization includes employment programs and on-site health clinics at all 3 facilities and is currently providing permanent, interim, and safe haven housing for women of all ages and abilities. Their mission statement: “Deborah’s Place […]

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