Cast Profile: Elizabeth Thogerson

by stephaniejankowski on March 21, 2017

2017 cast member Elizabeth Thogerson is such a fantastic example of how Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh has empowered the people of our city. As a two-year audience member, Liz drank in her friends’ and complete strangers’ stories, helping her to realize her story was worth telling, too. And we’re so grateful she’s telling it!

How did you discover LTYM?
I had the honor of being in the audience for LTYM the last two years. I’m very proud to have had friends in prior casts – and seeing them in the show opened my eyes to a whole new part of their hearts. I was so inspired by hearing every single story – I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t try to become a part of it.

What is the craziest thing you remember your mother saying to you?
My mother was legendary for her crazy sayings. Got a run in your tights? “Don’t worry honey, you can’t spot a tick on a galloping horse!” Your strategy isn’t working? “Aw it’s okay babydoll, there’s more than one way to skin a cat!”

What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
I helped my mother write a musical for her kindergarten class, based on the book Skippyjon Jones. It is about a kitten who masquerades as a chihuahua and defeats a bumblebee to save the day. The kids left it all on that stage – I was so proud of them!

When did you first start thinking about your mother as an individual person and not just “mom”?
I was twelve or so, and┬ámy mom’s friends started getting their nails done at this salon. So, she started getting hers done too. I was trying to fit in with my middle school peers, and I just remember thinking, “Aw mom, we all just want to be cool, I get it.” Turns out it was just a phase, much like my high pony tail with a white ribbon…

What do you wish most for your children?
I want my kids to be kind. Kindness is a severely underrated virtue, one that builds on itself and can positively impact everyone we come across. As my mother would say, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

What do you love most about Pittsburgh?
French fries are my favorite food – therefore, Pittsburgh is my favorite city. Also, I find the people here to be no-nonsense, hold-the-door, no-you-first kind of folks, and I love it.

What do you hope the audience takes away from your essay?Liz Thogerson
I hope that the audience will want to call their moms after hearing my essay. And give their own kids an extra squeeze that night. But really, I hope that everyone is living each moment of their lives fully enough that they won’t take anything away from my essay.

If you could only ever eat at one restaurant in the ‘Burgh, what would it be and why?
Easy – that would be Piper’s Pub in South Side. And if I could only eat one meal at Piper’s Pub? Black Watch Burger, chips (they cut their own awesome fries in house), and their amazing bread pudding for dessert. Also, beer.

If you were mayor of Pittsburgh for a day, what law would you enact/change/do away with and why?
Down with the Pittsburgh Left! I know it’s not a law, per se, but it should be outlawed all the same. I can neither anticipate it, nor confidently execute it.

If you could tell a new mom one thing, what would it be?
I would tell her that she is enough for her baby, and that the loving, supportive, hilarious, glorious company of other moms will change her life. Motherhood is a ubiquitous, pre-historic blood-oath club that I had no idea existed until I became a part of it.

Can we please get that last line on a t-shirt?! HEY! Maybe she sells them at her Etsy shop, The Pastel Pineapple! Come listen to more of Liz’s wise words on May 12. Get your tickets HERE!

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