LTYM Milwaukee Thanks Its Sponsors!

by Alexandra on May 7, 2016

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LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee celebrated its 4th annual LTYM show last week, Sunday. We presented 11 amazing local storytellers that took us through the journey that is motherhood. They shared stories of faith, hilarity, love, strength, they spoke of the poignant heart soaring moments and they trusted us with their stories of challenge and heart ache.

Our production team was so proud to play a part in creating the opportunity for these voices to be heard. It takes six months of our year to prepare for our shows, they are a labor of love as well as a belief in the way that storytelling unites us. Jennifer Gaskell, Rochelle Fritsch, and I work together to bring LTYM to Milwaukee, but it takes more than just the three of us to bring our show to the stage.

Our stories happen, because our cast donates their time in rehearsals and on show day.

Our stories happen, because we have the support of family, friends, and community who come as audience to witness those on stage.

And the support of our sponsors brings the connection and visibility of these stories to our Milwaukee stage.

We are proud to have our returning local sponsors whose support is so vital to making our shows possible.

We thank Orphonic Multimedia, who have been with LTYM Milwaukee since the beginning.

We thank SHOP, a unique clothing and accessory boutique for their continued support of our shows.

We thank our local media sponsor, MetroParent Milwaukee Magazine, for the share of their reading community.

orphonic number twoTHANK YOU, Orphonic Multimedia, for your support of our shows and for the gift of your time and talent in beautiful photography and videography of our shows.

SHOP number twoTHANK YOU to SHOP for your continued generous support.

MP-MKETHANK YOU to MetroParent Magazine Milwaukee for being our local media sponsor and the generous sharing of your Milwaukee-area wide reach in spreading the news of our Milwaukee show!


We would not be able to put on this show without the contribution of our sponsors, so please support their business.

And sincere gratitude to our cast, our families, the team at our venue Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre, our national sponsors, our audience and our community.

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee could not happen without you! Thank you for this season’s LTYM show!

Your LTYM Milwaukee production team,

Jennifer Gaskell

Rochelle Fritsch

Alexandra Rosas

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Love Letter To Our 2016 LTYM Milwaukee Cast

by Alexandra on May 2, 2016

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As we stood together with our cast for our final bow on show day, I felt my pulse bound as we gripped each others’ hands, fingers intertwined. Our show, our cast, our stories, our audience, our city — brought together by the beauty of work accomplished with the love of community.

When we first cast our shows, we look ahead knowing what awaits our new season. As producers, we’ve had three years now to believe in the magic of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and it is impossible to not sound like mystic ladies of the mountain when we turn to our yet unbaptized cast and say, “You guys? YOU are not going to believe the feelings. It is like any life event where you go in already knowing it’s going to impact, but you don’t know where the experience will take you.”

We know what they’ll see in the four months ahead as we rehearse and work on their pieces together. We know what we’ve seen as producers: our shows change us every year, from audience to cast to production, our stories when told in trust, awaken us with a new awareness.

I already know I sound like a mystic so I have nothing to lose by saying that shaman heal by reconnecting the person to the soul. I am certain that is what we do when we tell our stories and when we hear someone else tell a story, not based on script or manufacture, but on a life. At one point in the show, I had to break away from our rehearsed introductions to give pause to what we were witnessing: real stories told by brave women who were standing on a stage, some for the first time.

I watched our 11 glorious storytellers walk to the podium on Sunday, their shoulders set with the trust that we’ve been asking them for since February. With every sentence they spoke, their backs grew straighter and their voices clearer. They were assuming the shape and posture of a person who feels who they are. Through the tough stories, the difficult stories, the stories that left the air still and straight on through the poetic lyricism of life, rounding out to the essential and life-saving gift of humor, we heard the experience of MOTHERHOOD. In life, you can’t ask that the hard parts be left out.

To our cast, we could not be more proud. After each of our readers presented, I had to talk myself out of knocking them down with a tackle to the ground because I didn’t know what to do with the bursting heart of pride I felt for them.

Our readers were magnificent, and from what I learned from each one, I see their yearning to reach out and be part of something that shares the connection of stories. They’ve begun something new with stepping forward and saying yes to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER.

I feel like a mama bird watching her babies leave the nest. Rochelle and Jenny and I are in love with our 2016 cast, as we have been with every cast before.

Today, we wish our LTYM cast this, that they keep reaching for something beyond as they did when they made the decision to audition, and that they not lose awe for the spectacular moments of life.

We love you, cast, and we THANK YOU for giving us you these past four months. And remember, #LTYM4LIFE.





Your LTYM Milwaukee Team




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11 Stories: 11 Reasons to Come Hear Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee

April 23, 2016

This weekend, my son helped me assemble the cast book for Milwaukee’s LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show. He picked up the pages and as he did, he read 11 beautiful stories that reflect on the theme of motherhood. “Mom, these stories are so good I can’t stop reading them.” I told him to sit down, enjoy them in their entirety and the way each one flows into the next. “This is going to be such a good show,” he said after he finished. He’s right, Milwaukee, we have an amazing show for you. On Sunday May 1st at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre,you will witness 11 local storytellers who each share their own unique story on motherhood. Our Milwaukee cast’s last rehearsal is tomorrow and in one week, we will present our incredible cast to our city.   You don’t want to miss: Mithra Ballesteros reading of her mother’s definition of “Progress” Liza Kessler […]

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Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee Announces Our 2016 Venue!

April 18, 2016

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER MILWAUKEE is thrilled to announce our venue for our 4th annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show! On Sunday, May 1, we proudly return to the exceptional Pitman Theatre, located on the Alverno College Campus. Alverno College is located in the heart of Milwaukee. Parking is widely available and the theatre is accessible by bus line as well as being near the freeway. Alverno College is a college for the next generation of women leaders, already making the Pitman Theatre a natural choice for our LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER shows. When we learned of this season’s Alverno’s community mission, “The pursuit of beauty is daring in scope, dazzling in execution, and inspires change in the artists and audiences that give chase,to seek out beauty and presents it as is – a raw, emotional experience fraught with risk, yet always magical,” our Milwaukee team had no doubt we had our LTYM […]

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Tickets Now Available for Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee!

April 13, 2016

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a national series of live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day. Our shows are in 41 cities across the United States and now in Canada! Milwaukee holds its 4th annual production this year and we promise you local community voices that are unlike any event you’ve witnessed before. We are proud to support our 2016 cause, The Parenting Network, whose mission is to strengthen families through education and resources and to work toward preventing child abuse. SPREAD THE WORD, come to our show, and be part of the national grass roots movement of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: to give motherhood a microphone! OUR MILWAUKEE SHOW is Sunday, May 1, at 3PM at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre.                                                           TO PURCHASE TICKETS, CLICK HERE   THANK YOU Milwaukee for making LTYM MILWAUKEE a new Mother’s Day […]

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