Spotlight on Nadine Warner

by admin on March 23, 2013

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We are proud to present for today’s Spotlight post, the lovely Nadine Warner. She astounded us with her strength and story during auditions and will bring a uniquely beautiful angle to this year’s show.
What led you to writing for Listen To Your Mother Chicago?

Megan Stielstra of 2nd Story sent me a Facebook message about her experience with LTYM.  She had an amazing time performing last year, and since she knows that 99% of my stories are about motherhood, thought I should audition.  I’m so glad I did!

How do you feel about the show in general?

Pretty psyched!  Though I wish that my kids could see the show.  They’re too young, but it would help them understand why I’m always scribbling away in my notebook.

How long have you been writing?

Gosh, I think I came out of utero with a pen (ouch!).  I come from a loooooong line of storytellers. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I’m wired to do anything else.  Writing helps me see the truth of things, or at least the truth at that moment.

What do you typically write about?

I write about my family life – all of the ups and downs that make this life so extraordinary.  Memory is a funny thing, and my hope is that my kids read these stories one day, and remember how crazy – and funny – growing up together was.

Where do you write? – my blog: A Life More Ordinary

Have you ever performed on stage before?

Yes.  I’ve been performing almost as long as I have been writing. And I am very fortunate to have a circle of family and friends who have attend all of them – from the coffee shop basements to the Second City stage.

Where do you come from?

Born in San Fernando, Trinidad.  Moved to “Naperthrill” when I was 1 month.


Naperville, IL.  It’s a great place to grow up, and my parents are still there, but I love raising my kids in the city.

Favorite places to frequent with family in the Chicagoland area?

We love downtown, and of course, sing Petula Clark’s song whenever we’re heading into the city.  We frequent a lot of museums – MSI, Peggy Notabaert, Shedd etc. And then there’s the beach – we pretty much live here in the summer.

What trait is your “signature” trait with family and friends?

A very, very dry sense of humor and lots of word play.

If you were stranded on Lake Shore Drive in the worst traffic jam in history, what 3 items would you want to have with you and why?

Only 3?  Well, I’d pick my family as 1 item, (if we’re together, we won’t worry about each other) my ipad (songs, games, stories, facetime…and traffic updates), and a nano-replicator (what?  You don’t have one?  We could make anything we need with one of these things.)

Chocolate or Licorice?

Chocolate – but only the good kind!

Coffee or Tea?

Green tea.  Coffee only if the kids wake me up at 3:30.

Any famous words you live by?

We are no other than a moving row 
Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go 
Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held 
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;

From The Rubayait by Omar Khayyam


Thank you, Nadine! We cannot wait for the audience to experience listening to you on stage! Tickets are still available!

Samantha March 23, 2013 at 7:43 am

Ooooo love that you were born out of this country! And I live near “Naperthrill” now 😉 Excited to share the stage with you!

Nadine March 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

Likewise! Yes, we always joke about being 1st gens/FOB’s – it’s a very…uh, “specific” perspective – lol.

Marianne March 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

LOVED LOVED LOVED your reading at rehearsal, you big pile of mush and soft spots, you. Can’t wait to hear it again!

Nadine March 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

Awww, thanks! Me? Pile of mush? Naaaah, I’m a cynic to the core…at least I was until I had kids!

Shannan March 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

We live in Naperville and like to joke about bringing the thrill to the ‘ville, but clearly you made sure it was brought long before. 🙂 I am now very much looking forward to some quality beach time this summer – that really is one of the best parts of living in the city, or at least was for my daughter and I. I’m so pleased to be your castmate!

Nadine March 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

I feel like I’m dating myself, but we were there in the ’70s. Back when there were only cornfields and…well, nothing else. I do miss the Riverwalk, but nothing beats the beaches of Chicago…when they’re not closed for lake pollution. *Sigh*

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