Cast Profile: Sally Ann Flecker

by stephaniejankowski on March 23, 2017

This year’s show is the first to include an aunt and niece duo! Today’s cast profile features the aunt in the pair, Ms. Sally Ann Flecker.

  • How did you discover LTYM?

My niece, Katie Long  attended a workshop, and then suggested we audition. [editor’s note: Katie Long is the niece in the pair! SO FUN!]

How sweet are they?! Circa 2010

How sweet are they?! Circa 2010

  • What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?

One of the pieces of writing I’m proudest of is a profile that appeared in Pomona Magazine on the life of a brilliant young woman who died tragically. I spent several intense days with her mother, visiting her favorite haunts and meeting family members and friends. I felt like I was able to evoke her and provide insight into her decision to end her life. Here’s a link to the article, although I feel like I should explain that the space breaks were omitted in the online version and there are some jumps back in time that are jarring without the visual cue.

  • What do you wish most for your children?

Oh, I so hope that they live happy and productive lives. My husband and I were foster parents to our boys and subsequently lucky enough to adopt them. They’ve had so many challenges in their young lives that I hope they’re able to finally rise above.

  • What do you love most about Pittsburgh?

I love Pittsburgh’s geography, its little nooks and crannies. I also love the “Pittsburgh left.” This was so difficult for my husband when he moved here from Chicago, where the drivers are so cut-throat and aggressive. “What are they waiting for? Why don’t they turn?” he would say when a Pittsburgh driver gave him an opening to make his turn first. It took him awhile to get it. Now he says he can tell what drivers are from Pittsburgh by how courteous they are to other drivers.

  • What do you hope the audience takes away from your essay?

Family is so important to me. There are a lot of us—6 siblings, almost 30 nieces and nephews, who already have produced 10(!) babies of their own—and they’re just getting started… So that’s one element of the story that I hope comes through. But the other sweetness I hope they take away is that so much of what is good in life is what happens in the smallest moments. That sweet/sad moment with my mother counterbalances, for me, so much of what broke my heart—and hers—in her decline. Sally head shot

  • If you could only ever eat at one restaurant in the ‘Burgh, what would it be and why?

It would NOT be Primanti’s, for sure. I’m a reverse snob…

  • If you were mayor of Pittsburgh for a day, what law would you enact/change/do away with and why?

I would codify the Pittsburgh left. The world would be a better place if more drivers were gracious. I’m convinced it would have an effect in other aspects of life, too.

  • Describe yourself:

I take great pride in being the Queen of Parallel Parking, and I seem to whistle all the time without really knowing I am doing it. Twelve years of Catholic school left me with an intense inclination to color within the lines. Unfortunately, my eye-hand coordination is lousy, and I’ve kind of lived the way I colored—messy and chaotic, but with great joy to have so many colors to play with. I love music. I love to make quilts—the more modern and improvisational the better. I love mystery novels. I love the color blue. I love my husband, our dog, and our 10 parakeets (long story.) And, most of all, I love my two wild, unpredictable, boys, who I’ve taught to take no prisoners when playing Sorry or Uno. As babies, no one came when they cried. No one picked them up to comfort them or to play peekaboo with them. No one smiled into their sweet baby faces or kissed their tiny kicking feet. Still they not only persisted, but survived with a sense of wonder and joy intact. They are my heroes.


I mean, come on. With that kind of writing, you just have to hear Sally Ann’s story on May 12th! Get your tickets today or we’re sending niece Katie after you. She’ll probably just hug you, but whatever. TICKETS. HERE!

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