Announcing the Cast of Chicago’s 5th Annual Listen To Your Mother!

by Melisa on March 3, 2016

It seems like only yesterday that we didn’t know what we were doing, at all. We made some mistakes and walked around a little nervous a lot of the time. It was SO much more work than we thought it was going to be, but also SO much more rewarding. One major lesson we’ve learned, among many, many others, is that time really does fly, ridiculously fast.

Raising children?


Producing LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER shows!

Tracey and I are thrilled to pieces about our FIFTH annual show, happening Sunday, May 1 at 2pm, at the Athenaeum Theatre. A portion of our ticket proceeds will benefit Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Speaking of tickets, they’re on sale now; early bird pricing ends March 31st!

We have built quite an awesome family here at LTYM Chicago. Look at these beautiful people. Memorieeeeeessss….

LTYM Chicago 2012

LTYM Chicago 2012

LTYM Chicago 2013 (Photo credit: Sabrina Persico)

LTYM Chicago 2013 (Photo credit: Sabrina Persico)

LTYM Chicago 2014 (Photo credit: Balee Images)

LTYM Chicago 2014 (Photo credit: Balee Images)

LTYM Chicago 2015 (Photo credit: Balee Images)

LTYM Chicago 2015 (Photo credit: Balee Images)

And now, it’s time to bring a new cast into the fold! We are completely psyched to announce the cast of LTYM Chicago 2016 (and the newest members of our family):

Pete Aiello
Kathy Benson
Andrea Burkly
Francie Arenson Dickman
Megan Drozd
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara
Mollie Ottenhoff
Rachel Pokay
Beth Prystowsky
Sidney C. Reid
Nina Vallone

(Tracey and I will be reading, too.)

Welcome, welcome, welcome to all of you! Woo hoo!

The show is going to be amazing and I’m not only saying that because I’m half of the team in charge, but honestly, these stories of motherhood and the writers behind them are FANTASTIC. We’ll be posting cast bios and other fun information about our fifth annual show in the coming weeks. It’s getting exciting all up in here!

(Tickets are on sale now; did I mention that?)

Hope to see you in the audience on May 1st!

Tracey March 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm


Steph March 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Welcome to the family! Can’t wait for the show.

Kim Jorgensen Gane March 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

I plan to be there watching, third year in a row!

Melisa March 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm


Lorette Lavine March 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm

What a wonderful group! I will be looking forward to hearing your stories. I am so honored to have been among those who auditioned for LTYM 2016 and have to admit a little disappointed this morning when I opened my e-mail.
Such a wonderful opportunity to come together as writers and share your stories. I wish you all the best experience and much success bringing LTYM 2016 to Chicago this May!

Melisa March 3, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Thank you, Lorette. And thank you for auditioning! Don’t stop trying to find a home for your story, and maybe we’ll see you again! 🙂

Stephanie March 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

So proud of a amazing women I can call a friend! Yay Megan!!

Melisa March 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm

OH DEAR. Thank you, Kendra! I just corrected. OMG.
Here’s the correct link for you as well:

Thank you!!

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