LTYM 2016: It’s a wrap!

by angela on May 19, 2016

Photo credit: Chris Ahern Photography

Photo credit: Chris Ahern Photography

Every year, LTYM surprises me in new ways.

During our opening, Angela and I talked about the similarities and differences between us — both “us” as The Angelas and “us” as a universal group of people coming together to share stories. Taking the stage with Angela to bring LTYM 2016 to life was truly a gift.

Every year, I think I can’t fall more in love with Saint Andrew’s Hall, more in love with LTYM as a project, more in love with storytelling.

Every year, I’m wrong.

photo credit: Chris Ahern Photography

photo credit: Chris Ahern Photography

The stage is just a small part of the LTYM experience, though of course it’s the crowning jewel that fills hearts with adrenaline, laughter, tears, and heartache.

So much more goes into Listen to Your Mother than those final hours on the stage, and Angela and I couldn’t do what we do without our sponsors, both local and North American, without our fabulous, inspiring national team, without our LTYM Metro Detroit alumni, or without our cast.

Photo credit: Monroe Fox Photography

Photo credit: Monroe Fox Photography

Each of those spokes join together on show day, and magic happens on the stage. Gratitude is too small a word for how I feel about Listen to Your Mother, as a show and as a storytelling movement. Stories connect us and heal us, and this year, more than ever before, they are the glue that holds me together through challenging times.

Thank you to our North American media sponsor BlogHer & SheKnows Experts Among Us

Thank you to our local sponsors:

CassCommunitySocialServices

We are so appreciative of the work Cass Community Social Services does in the city of Detroit and proud to donate 10% of ticket proceeds to CCSS!

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Introducing Ellen Piligian

by angela on April 29, 2016

LTYM Metro Detroit cast

1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan?

I’ve always loved downtown Detroit.

2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be?

My mom, both of my grandmothers (I only met one) and at least two of my great-grandmothers because I would love to meet them and learn more about my family history.

3. What are you currently a) binge watching on Netflix, b) reading, or c) both?

Reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I’ve been surprisingly fascinated by The People v. O.J. Simpson FX mini-series.

4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mother or mother figure?

My mom was the one who could always help tame my nerves. One thing she’d say: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” It was her way of getting me to realize it’s almost never that bad. She wanted us to pursue our dreams and not live in fear or shy away from challenges.

5. What is your favorite quote or mantra?

I don’t have many “favorites” of things but one quote I love and try to live by is (supposedly by Plato): “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Ellen is an independent journalist and writer of creative nonfiction/memoir. I’m currently working on a book (or two). I’ve reported and written many diverse stories for local and national media, usually about interesting people.

Follow her on Twitter and check out more of her work on her website.

Join us Sunday, May 1, to hear Ellen and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2016 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall. 

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Introducing Jenny VanBuskirk

April 28, 2016

1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan? Sugar Springs, a little place “up north” that we went to for several summers when I was a kid. It’s filled with memories of ice cream, putt-putt, jumping off bunk beds, and being carefree and deliriously happy. 2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be? I have this uncanny ability of giving birth on family members’ birthdays (or the day after), and for me, it’s been this incredible tie to the women in my family who labored on the same day I did, years (decades!) before. I’d love to have them all together for a meal and share our stories! That would be one grandmother, two great grandmothers, and one great great grandmother. And then of course my own mother, and not only because I’d have to have her come help me make dinner, […]

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Introducing Emily Francis

April 28, 2016

1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan? My favorite place in Michigan is the Prairie River outside of Three Rivers where I spent many summers canoeing as a kid 2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be? Brene Brown, Lorelei Gilmore, Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham), MIchelle Obama, and Taylor Greer from The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver 3. What are you currently a) binge watching on Netflix, b) reading, or c) both? I just finished re-watching Becoming Jane on Netflix and then obviously had to re-watch Pride and Prejudice. I just picked up Margaret Atwood’s new book, The Heart Goes Last. Other than that, I having been reading a lot of books of modern poetry. 4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mother or mother figure? The best advice I received from my mom: “Always […]

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Buy LTYM Metro Detroit tickets now for a special opportunity

April 27, 2016

Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit is only a few days away. Ahhhhh!!! We are so excited. The show is on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m.!!! This time of year seems so intense doesn’t it? Baby showers, baseball games, field trips with the kids and so much more. The air feels electric with so much happening and all the anticipation of nicer weather and outdoor patios and concerts on the lawn. It’s all good and it’s all crazy hectic at the same time. We had the final rehearsal for Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit this past Sunday. Some people came from their kids’ baseball tournaments, someone came from her daughter’s dance recital; we all juggled kids and work and life to make it there. It was the first time we had all been together and done a run through of the show. It was important, which is why we all did all the […]

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