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Cast Spotlight on Lea Grover

by Tracey on April 26, 2017

Our cast members are complex, intelligent, and witty people. You simply have to hear them to believe us. We asked 4 questions to give you a feel for the innermost workings of their minds, and the variety of answers has been one of the highlights of this year’s process. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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1. If you could meet any person in history (living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

JK Rowling. She seems like a remarkable person, and I would love to pick her brain about writing, publishing, and life in general. In fact, if JK Rowling would just be my life coach, I’d be pretty happy with that.

2. Have you ever been on stage before? How do you feel about going on stage for the LTYM show, knowing you’re also reading your own words?

Yes! I majored in opera and theatrical performance for a spell, I used to be a regular at poetry readings back in my college days, and I opened the 2014 show of LTYM in Chicago! I feel excited and honored to be back, and grateful to have an opportunity to share my story.

3. Unrelated to your essay, do you have a motherhood story to share?

When my twins were born I went from being not a mom to being a mom of two, and it wasn’t until my third child was born and then her big sisters went to preschool that I got to have alone time with a single child. Now, my youngest is in her last year of preschool, and I find myself lingering in the mornings, making us late nearly half the time, truly enjoying being alone with one child. I have never regretted having three kids, and I doubt I ever will, but I often find myself wishing I could have given this to my twins, too. These little organic pockets of time when it was just one on one, me and them.

If I could, I would keep each of my twins home from school for a few hours in the morning, once a week, by themselves. Just so I could linger over breakfast with them one on one, hold their hands without anyone clamoring for my attention, kiss them on the cheek without feeling guilty that somebody is getting left out. When I do find little bits of time, alone with one of my twins, I treasure it.

4. If you could relive one day over again, what would you choose and why?

The day my husband asked me to marry him. It was a perfect day. We had eggs benedict for breakfast in our pajamas, took a nap, took a long walk through Pilson, which was block after block of Fourth of July parties, ate hot dogs in a cool, shady patio with friends, walked home under a sky filled with fireworks, had a beautifully romantic evening, and then got engaged after the sun went down. It was a perfect day, with no sad or painful or conflicting or upsetting moments. Every second of the day was bliss.

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Thank you, Lea!

Tickets are available for the May 7th show at Ovationtix.com.

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Cast Spotlight on Kim Cavill

by Tracey on April 25, 2017

Our cast members are complex, intelligent, and witty people. You simply have to hear them to believe us. We asked 4 questions to give you a feel for the innermost workings of their minds, and the variety of answers has been one of the highlights of this year’s process. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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1. If you could meet any person in history (living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

I’d love to meet J. K. Rowling to ask her why the hell her website says my patronus is a Salmon.

2. Have you ever been on stage before? How do you feel about going on stage for the LTYM show, knowing you’re also reading your own words?

I’ve been on stage many times before. Though I am nervous, I’m also very excited to share my own writing with the audience. I feel very lucky.

3. Unrelated to your essay, do you have a motherhood story to share?

We’d just moved into a new neighborhood and it was a beautiful summer day. My children were both going through that stage that all young children go through were they flat out refuse to wear clothes. I had just gotten out of the shower and was drying off, when I heard a loud BANG. I ran out of the bathroom, worried about my kids, when I saw that my dog had accidentally run right through a screen door, into the backyard. There was a moment where my dog and I looked at each other, each wanting the other to freeze. Instead, our dog took advantage of her freedom and ran like hell. I hurriedly wrapped a towel around me and chased her around three different backyards, followed by two naked, gleeful children who thought this was all a fun game of tag. I kept shouting, “GODDAMNIT YOU STUPID DOG, GET YOUR ARSE INSIDE!” and she ignored me, eventually running into the street out the front of our house. So, my new neighbors watched me, naked except for a towel, chasing my sprinting dog down the road, swearing up a storm, and followed by two naked children shouting, “YAY MOMMY I LOVE THIS GAME.”

4. If you could relive one day over again, what would you choose and why?

I would never do such a thing. Every day is too much of a gift. Even the shitty ones.

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Thank you, Kim!

Tickets are available for the May 7th show at Ovationtix.com.

 

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Chicago Parent!

April 24, 2017

One of the great things about LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, whether you’re in the cast or in the audience, is finding out that you’re not alone. There is validation in speaking your truth or hearing someone’s story because even though the details don’t always match, there is a sense of comfort when you find out that maybe we all have a little more in common than we originally thought. Returning local sponsor Chicago Parent magazine has had a similar effect on moms and dads in Chicago for more than 25 years. This monthly publication contains articles and essays that are meant to inform, educate, and inspire local parents. It is the best resource for fun in Chicago. Did I mention it’s free? You can find issues all over the city and suburbs and if you’re unsure where to look, enter your zip code here to find the pick-up location nearest to you. By […]

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Cast Spotlight on June Cavarretta

April 23, 2017

Our cast members are complex, intelligent, and witty people. You simply have to hear them to believe us. We asked 4 questions to give you a feel for the innermost workings of their minds, and the variety of answers has been one of the highlights of this year’s process. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! ~~~   1. If you could meet any person in history (living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why? I would love to meet my paternal grandparents. My dad was in his 40s when I was born, and his parents were long-deceased at that point. But they were born in the 1800s, so I think that qualifies as someone in history. They immigrated from Germany and ended up settling in Chicago where my father was born. He was an only child and grew up on Karlov Avenue where his parents […]

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Megaphone Sponsor Spotlight: Women’s Health at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

April 21, 2017

Listen To Your Mother Chicago is so, so fortunate to have Women’s Health at Northwestern Memorial Hospital back as a returning Megaphone Sponsor! The facilities under the Northwestern Medicine umbrella are a force in the Chicago area: you can find people who have received excellent care at them around every corner! Prentice Women’s Hospital is a favorite for many of our cast members who have given birth to their babies there. Two of this year’s cast, Kristin Galbraith and Lea Grover, had fantastic experiences there. Kristin gave birth to Hunter in 2014 and Tessa this past December, both at Prentice Women’s Hospital: “I went into preterm labor with my first baby in November 2014. Although I expected to be sent home, instead I got a cozy 10-day stay in the antepartum unit. It was a whirlwind, and although the first few hours we were there everything I heard went in one ear and […]

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