Welcome to #LTYM Madison!

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That’s a wrap Madison

by takeylabenton on May 21, 2017

Barrymore 2017 Photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Barrymore 2017
Photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Thank you, for an amazing run Madison! When this project began in 2010 we couldn’t have imagined it would grow to a nationwide phenomenon. On Mother’s day last Sunday, we held our farewell show in Listen to Your Mother’s flagship city. Our show ended in LTYM style with lots of hugs, laughs, tears and gratitude for the gift of motherhood. We are deeply indebted to all the storytellers who trusted us with their stories and braved the stage sharing in magnifying motherhood.

LTYM 2017 Cast photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

LTYM 2017 Cast
photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

We’re thankful to Linda Kue Aroonsavath who represented this years charity, Kajsiab House Women’s Group and shared her family history that is deeply intertwined with the charity’s mission to help strengthen women by giving them a place to gather and find love and support. Linda’s personal story, passed down to her from her grandmother, left us with additional examples of the strength of motherhood and bearing witness and passing down those stories. Check back soon for updates on how much money was raised in support of this local charity.

Lisa, Deb, Katie Photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Linda, Deb, Katie
Photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Listen to your Mother could not have grown without the support of our local and national sponsors. HUGE THANKS to our national sponsors #BlogHer17 & Luvs! We’d also like to extend special thanks to this years local sponsors:

The historic Barrymore Theatre has been in Madison since 1987 and we are honored and thankful for their generosity. They’ve allowed LTYM to celebrate motherhood on Mother’s Day from it’s inception. Thank you Steve, Lucy, Al and the team at the Barrymore for providing motherhood a microphone and stage and venue!

The Century House has been a vital partner helping us give space and a place to sit when we share these stories on the stage. Their furniture is simple, elegant and creative. It’s classic and modern at the same time and manages to both take you on a journey yet make you feel like you’re home. Darcy and her hospitality and undying support was key to LTYM success. Thank you and Jacob for the audition space and beautiful stage set on show days.

We’re thankful to Happy Bambino for your continued support and providing audition space in a place where motherhood is celebrated and supported.

Jael, Viicki, Rhenna photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Jael, Viicki, Rhenna
photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

American Family Insurance believes that a dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own. That’s why they created DreamBank — an inspirational destination, set in a historic building in downtown Madison and free to the public, that provides dreamers with the motivation, tools and support we need to bring our dream to life.

Pasqual’s Cantina also provides beneficial products for parenting in the form of delicious kid-friendly food and magnificent mom-friendly margaritas.

Magnitudes of gratitude go to Melissa Austin photography. Melissa is a mom of three who gives up her Mother’s Day to shoot our show.

We thank her for sharing the day and capturing all these LTYM moments so beautifully.

Finally, many more thanks to Black Belt America, Brava Magazine, Lakeside Press and Half-Pint Resale for your support and love.

With all of you our show and the words magnifying motherhood reached many more hearts than we ever imagined.

LTYM 2017 cast and alum photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

LTYM 2017 cast and alum
photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Listen to your Mother cast from present and past gathered after the show to share support and love and more stories of motherhood and how this project has given them a voice they didn’t know they had, to tell a story they didn’t know they had in them. Heartfelt gratitude to this year’s extraordinary storytellers: Rhenna Widerski, Vicki Eckman, Jael Currie, Katie Frank, Deb Nies, Leslie Coff, Claire Weiss, Megan Ryan, Camille Bernier, Lisa Bauer and Megan Diaz.

Ann and Takeyla photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Ann and Takeyla
photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

Not enough thanks and love can be given to Ann and her dedication and vision. Because of you, Ann Imig, motherhood has been given a microphone the likes of which Madison has never seen and you inspired so many others to write and share their stories.

One of this years cast members said it best:

“Ojibwe elders say that listening is foremost in determining a person’s substance & integrity. When we are done listening, we speak from our hearts. We honor the sacred points of view of all those we have heard, and when we feel like we can contribute, we add to the quilt. Deep and sincere gratitude to Ann Imig, and Takeyla Benton, for placing an encouraging microphone on the grand finale stage for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, “ Camille Yvonne Bernier.

Thank you Ann for ALL you’ve done! With that, we say thank you Madison- that’s a wrap!

Ann photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

photo credit: Melissa Austin Photography

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Pasqual’s is a Madison tradition. I grew up eating Paqual’s for family dinners out,  and I bring my own family there for the delicious family-friendly food, easy going vibe, and killer margaritas. Several of my neighborhood friends worked at Pasqual’s in high school and college. One of those kids –my friend Ben Roberts– now owns it! Pasqual’s loyal support of Listen To Your Mother: Madison has becoming another winning Madison tradition, and one we honor with our annual LTYM Madison alumni reunion.

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What’s better than Pasqual’s margaritas with friends? Only Pasqual’s margaritas plus a brand new menu!!

Pasqual’s new menu honors their traditional fare with tried and true favorites, and expands on it. My mouth is watering at their new street food selections.


Check out Pasqual’s full new menu here. Patio season is almost here, and in the meantime visit their three cozy indoor locations (Hilldale, Verona, and East Washington Ave).

Join us on Mother’s Day Sunday May 14th for the Grand Finale Madison LTYM show!! Tickets on sale now at The Barrymore, all Barrymore outlets, at Happy Bambino, The Century House Gift Shop and Dragonfly Hot Yoga (Middleton)!!

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#LTYM Madison Photographer Melissa Austin captures life’s most important moments

April 24, 2017

Listen To Your Mother local sponsor Melissa Austin Photography documents not only our Madison shows, but she’s also captured many of my family’s most important personal milestones–from professional head-shots, to portraits, to family parties and events. In addition to working full-time and raising her own three kids, she’s a community builder who gives her very precious free time to support causes and events she believes in. Case in point, she serves as a local sponsor for LTYM: Madison giving up her own Mother’s Day to shoot our show. I know. Her work speaks for itself; exquisitely and organically capturing moments and preserving them into memories… Melissa shoots incredible photos of people who are not related to me as well! With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to Melissa for sharing her time and talents with LTYM!! Join us on Mother’s Day Sunday May 14th for the Grand Finale Madison LTYM show!! Tickets on sale […]

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Madison’s First Rehearsal

April 12, 2017

The tissue box was passed around the table Sunday April 2nd. Madison’s table read was full of laughter, tears and supportive hugs, surrounded by the beautiful furniture of The Century House. This is going to be an unforgettable show you don’t want to miss! Madison’s first table read is always a highlight of the Listen to Your Mother season.   The new cast arrived nervous and unsure how their piece fits into LTYM quilt. They gathered around to take in the nostalgia of the 2017 Grand Finale Season Video. It was wonderful to watch the magic of Listen to Your Mother work as we all heard the stories read together for the first time. The support and connections built around stories of motherhood at that table is at the heart of LTYM. We are reminded how deeply can we can share commonalities with someone we’ve never met yet and instantly understand them throughs […]

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Listen To Your Mother Madison 2017 Supports Kajsiab House Women’s Group

April 8, 2017

LTYM’s mission includes supporting parents and communities in both creative and tangible ways. The benefits of LTYM reach beyond the audience and cast, with a portion of the proceeds from all LTYM productions going to local community charitable causes supporting mothers and families. In Hmong, Kajsiab (Ga shee’ ah) means the relief of stress and tension from worrying about the safety of loved ones. Kajsiab House is a program of Journey Mental Health Center, Inc. and was developed for and by the Hmong Community, as a place in which Hmong elders and their families can be safe, express and experience culture, increase their understanding and the ability to live successfully within an American cultural context and receive help and treatment for mental health issues. Kajsiab House participants are Hmong refugees, widows of veterans and other adults who have severe health problems from traumatic experiences from their support and service to the United States […]

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