LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER MILWAUKEE Grand Finale 2017

by Alexandra on December 6, 2016

f-r-o-o-m-t-h-e-s-h-owIn 2011, I auditioned for a show that had caught wind on the internet: Listen To Your Mother. Its mission was clear as a bell, to bring communities together through sharing our stories and seeing just how much more alike we are than different.  That was my take, but the formal statement is this:

The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.

By 2016, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER had hosted over 150 live shows in 54 cities. We have 2000 videos from those shows on our YouTube channel. To see them is to witness powerful voices that pull you into lives other than your own.

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to a local cause, as well as providing the cause awareness/fund-raising opportunities. To date Listen To Your Mother shows have raised over $100,000 for local nonprofit causes supporting women and families in need.

As special and unique as each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER season has been, there is no other than what this 2017 season will be: LTYM’s Grand Finale. We are leaving on a high note, and it feels right. We have accomplished our mission of giving voice to stories that need to be heard. We have raised money for agencies that support motherhood and our communities. And we have learned from and about each other.

Our sponsors have shown belief in us. Our producers and directors have encouraged us in the importance of telling our stories. Our trusting readers gave us who they were, and we can never thank them enough for it is them that brought life to LTYM’s vision.

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER will not call for new cities in 2017. Instead we are focusing on making this last season, one that will resonate within our communities. We will work, once again, to find the stories that need to be heard. LTYM Milwaukee will be announcing auditions in January, follow here for news and dates–and if you’ve thought over the years of how you’d like to share your story, don’t second guess yourself again, plan on auditioning.

 

LTYM Milwaukee  will be giving motherhood a microphone as we come together and celebrate Mother’s Day 2017.

Please join us. If you’ve always planned on seeing a show, this will be your last chance. Don’t miss it.

To follow along with announcements and updates to this LTYM 2017 Grand Finale season, subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow our social accounts (search LTYMShow and #LTYM) for updates.

We are in 33 cities, so find a show near you!

Your Milwaukee LTYM producers/directors,

Alexandra Rosas

Jennifer Gaskell

Rochelle Fritsch 

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LTYM cast photo two o sixteenThis past May,  LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee held its 4th annual LTYMshow at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre. Our 11 storytellers came together, from once entering as strangers on a morning of auditions, to a cast whose stories could not have been more seamless had we written them together. This thread of our narrative illuminates the role of motherhood and its importance.

Every year, LTYM MKE stands back amazed at how our cast’s stories flow from one to the next. It astounds, still, after almost five years of bringing LTYM to Milwaukee. Milwaukee is 1 of 41 cities hosting a LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show, and we get chills when we think how in 41 other cities, this same magical bond happens.

We are proud to share the 2016 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER videos, which are now live on LTYM’s YouTube channel. We’ll be sharing their individual videos this week on our FB page. We are grateful to our video sponsor local sponsor Orphonic Multimedia. LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee also wishes to thank North American sponsors SheKnows BlogHer ‪#‎BlogHer16‬, Luvs, local media sponsor metroparent magazine, and local sponsor SHOP. *A portion of our ticket sales benefited The Parenting Network, a truly special organization. We were proud to partner with them.

Given the current events, the necessity of hearing each others’ stories has never been more glaring. To see people in their lives is the only way to unite through the lens of community. We are each valuable and we need to listen to one another to realize that.

We are so proud of the LTYM MKE 2016 cast, for their sharing of self, their lives, their words, and their commitment to building bridges and coming together in our community.

You can watch our LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee videos here.

Remember loving being read to as a child? You can capture that same wondrous feeling for yourself again, by listening to Listen To Your Mother stories as you walk, run, sit, drive, take a few minutes for you.

From auditions to two rehearsals to show day, because of support, love, and the belief that we each held for each other, our cast shines. That’s the power in being given the opportunity to be heard and seen.

We believe this is what the world needs.

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Milwaukee thanks you, dear LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER 2016 cast. You are amazing.

 

Jennifer Gaskell

Rochelle Fritsch

Alexandra Rosas

Listen To Your Mother/Milwaukee

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