Join Us at The Barrymore on Mother’s Day 5/10/15 at 3PM!

Tickets on sale now via The Barrymore Theatre, Barrymore outlets,
Happy Bambino, Dragonfly Hot Yoga Middleton,  & The Century House gift shop!

Lights. Camera. It’s Madison’s last rehearsal.

by takeylabenton on April 25, 2015

The charming beauty of the Barrymore’s stage could make anyone feel they aren’t quite ready for show day. A quick tour of the theatre and words of encouragement from Ann then everyone took the stage to read their piece one last time before the show. Standing there trying to imagine the hundreds of empty seats and quiet echoes of the theatre transformed into a buzzing, packed audience eagerly awaiting your words, can be an intimidating experience. Listening to other Mothers tell their stories can make you question the importance of your own story.










Well, I hope you don’t fell that way. Your story is important, you can do this in front of a packed audience and even if you don’t feel quite as ready as you’d like, your courage speak volumes for you.


The final readings on stage reaffirmed my love for all things Listen to Your Mother.

Not many other things have the power to connect strangers in such a deep way. It’s an experience that definitely makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger. Hearing the stories, at least for me, gives me a lil’ push to be a better mother, daughter, sister, friend because I don’t know what small moment may be life changing for someone else.


So thank you to all the brave and beautiful souls sharing their stories through LTYM. Thank you to all the marvelous multi-taking mothers behind the scenes that makes these shows in all the different cities happen.


Photo courtesy of Sujhey Beisser

Photo courtesy of Sujhey Beisser

Many thanks to The Barrymore for providing the space for this show here in Madison and The Century House for making the set look chic and fabulous. Hugs and more thanks to our other amazing sponsors. Check them all out on the right. →

We’re counting down for our Madison show in Mothers Day, May 10th. There is still time to buy your tickets online or at Happy Bambino, Dragonfly Hot Yoga Middleton or The Century House Gift Shop.



Hey guess what, this weekend kicks off LTYM shows across the county!! Follow us on twitter and facebook to keep up with all the excitement. See you on Mother’s Day!

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Next up on this week’s Madison cast spotlight is Ann Wertz Garvin! We asked Ann a few questions to get a better idea of who she is…


Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
While this answer isn’t inspired, it is true. It’s my own mother’s voice that helps me parent. Her impatience, her insistence, her rock solid support is what I hear when I need to be tough, consistent, and loving. She gave me the words early on and I have carried them with me like the ultimate Parenting text. My mom was a fantastic mother.


How do you usually spend your Saturdays?
My Saturdays are spent attending whatever sport event my children are involved in. We get up early, pack food and off we go. Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country and, don’t laugh, Norwegian Dancers. If I don’t have to go anywhere sport-related I make a cup of coffee and write with a dog trying to put her face onto my keyboard.


When and where would you go in a time machine?
That question is always so difficult for me. I take it so seriously, as if I say it out loud I will be held to it and will never be able to change it. I also feel like I have to be wildly specific. I want to go to the Renaissance but only for fifteen minutes and only as a rich person with a tampon in my purse just in case.
Ann Wertz Garvin author of THE DOG YEAR and ON MAGGIE’S WATCH (Penguin Random House) is an award wnning short story writer with a host of fictiion and nonfiction publications. She holds a doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches health at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern New Hampshire University. A compelling and humorous speaker, Ann is often invited to liven-up the docket where human nature is discussed. She has lived all over the country but currently resides in a small town in Wisconsin where everyone appears to have ideal lives. 


Join Ann and the rest of our cast on Mother’s Day 5.10.15 3PM at The Barrymore. Buy your tickets online or via phone 608-241-8864 ($2 convenience fee), at all Barrymore outlets, or at one of our awesome local sponsors: Middleton location of Dragonfly Hot Yoga, Happy Bambino in Monona, and the gift shop of The Century House.
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