Please join us three weeks from Sunday to hear funny, uplifting, heartfelt and soulful words from friends and neighbors, who will generously offer up their stories before our Madison audience. Bring your mom, your partner, your girlfriends or enjoy 90 uninterrupted minutes of sitting and listening (what busy woman doesn’t need that??). After hearing this group at auditions and again in rehearsals, I promise you’ll never think of Mother’s Day the same way again.
Kris Adams has a healthy obsession with writing and spoken word. This obsession may have started with her righteous anger when her 10th grade high school English teacher assigned the class to read every other chapter of The Grapes of Wrath (because that’s what great literature is about: every other chapter.) She is an award-winning singer/songwriter, aspiring poet/essayist, avid traveler, CranioSacral Therapist, and attentive fan of pregnancy and birth stories. She currently lives in Madison in a multi-generational household with her two very young boys, husband and mother. She can be found online at shufflesteps.wordpress.com and www.spiritstorysong.com.
Ann Wertz Garvin
Ann Wertz Garvin is a mother first, a professor of Health (University of Wisconsin Whitewater) and a fiction writer second and third. She teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester NH in her spare time. Author of On Maggie’s Watch (Berkley Penguin) Ann’s second book of fiction Hope Is The Thing With A Tail comes out May 2014. She credits her parents and children for everything good in her life. Please find Ann at www.annwertzgarvin.com and if you like a colorful joke or two on Twitter @garvina.
John Kibler is an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher from way back. He currently works in the TESOL/Bilingual Department of Edgewood College’s School of Education. After 25 years in Chicago, he moved to Madison three years ago with his husband of 16 years, Paul Cochran, and their two dogs, Sebastian and Lilly. He was going to be a baker but that didn’t work out. He does not aspire to be a parent but loves his mother and all the children that go home to someone else’s house.
Jolieth McIntosh emigrated from Jamaica to live with her husband in Madison. Her poems are about her culture, children, love, nature and true life experiences. She took part in the 17th Annual Invitational Poetry Marathon at Olbrich Gardens and was the guest poet at the Women, Labor and Compassion event in November, 2011 at the Overture Center. She enjoys visiting her daughter and granddaughter in Minnesota. Reading cultural books, walking, cooking and dancing are some of her personal enjoyments. Visiting with the homebound members of her church gives her lasting pleasure. She is grateful and thrilled to be a part of LTYM.
Artist, sometime writer and advocate, Patricia moved to Madison 2 years ago to pursue some long delayed dreams – so far so good. She shares her life with her partner Cathy and her three kids.
Nydia Rojas’ work has been published, among many other literary magazines, in the Wisconsin Academy Review, International Poetry Review, Revista/ Review Interamericana, Palabra and in the anthology Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Most recently her work was published in Open Mic and Verse Wisconsin. She is the author of the chapbook Stealing Daylight. When she is not writing she’s tending to her garden – can’t wait for spring- which ultimately provides a lot of inspiration for her poetry.
Deanna Schneider is a web developer, stilt walker, recipe creator, and mom of one totally amazing 10 year old boy. She is also the daughter of a creative, intelligent, funny, kind woman. Her piece is not about her mother. She apologizes immensely and promises to do better next time. She is, however, wearing clean underwear, and has her mother to thank for that.
Sara Slayton is a retired educator and a professional storyteller. Sara grew up on the south side of Madison back in the 1950s and 1960s, a time of social upheaval and changing expectations for women. Her feisty mother, Evelyn, helped prepare her to be independent and courageous in gentle, tough, and sometimes unexpected ways. Her story today highlights one of those unusual mother-daughter lessons. She is dedicating her performance today to Evelyn, who passed away last September at the age of 92. Good bye Mom and thanks for all the strength!
A few years ago, Liesl Testwuide felt she was the only woman in America living a double life. Nope, not the cool secret-agent-Burberry-trench-coat-shaken-not-stirred double life, but a far lonelier predicament. From the outside, Liesl appeared the perfect wife and mother. Despite the carefully manufactured veneer, inside she was a self-esteem zero. In a financially and emotionally abusive marriage, Liesl felt stuck. In her blog Hairpin Turns Ahead, Liesl writes about humility, acceptance and resilience as she shares her struggles after her white-picket-fence-dream blew up. Using her self-deprecating humor to describe her amusing and intimate life experiences, Liesl tackles painful life issues and lets others who suffer know they are not alone.
Britt Wanta has an amazing mother who frequently says yes. And she also says – yes, you can. For each of you, all of you, who mothered me – a thank you. Two words, never enough, and better never left unsaid. Today, and always, I am grateful for Shannon Anderson, Ashley Foxborn, Andrea Kehrein Riley, and Maki Horibe – my daughter’s other mothers while I work.
Tickets on sale now at all Barrymore outlets, through barrymorelive.com, by phone 608-241-8633 ($1.50 fee), at The Century House gift shop and at Happy Bambino.
10% of ticket sales benefits DAIS capital campaign, and LTYM will fund-raise for DAIS day of show.