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Cast Profile: Elizabeth Hirshorn

April 6, 2017

Liz is a curly-haired Philadelphia native, cognitive neuroscientist, and lover of all things orange, lush green landscapes, Americana music, houseplants, imperfect crafts, late night talk shows, public art, and cheese.  She is fiercely proud and supportive of her amazing friends and family and enjoys bragging about their achievements whenever possible. Her happy place is being surrounded by said friends and family, with no set plans and lots of good food.  She lives with her husband, Greg, and son Eli, who she thinks is *objectively* the best baby in the history of the world. How did you discover LTYM? I first heard of LTYM from my best friend who participated in San Francisco in 2016 (shout out to Minna Dubin!).  I also went to the Pittsburgh LTYM in 2016 with a good friend and my husband.  We love storytelling, so it was an easy sell.   What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your […]

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Cast Profile: Mariah Passarelli

April 4, 2017

Fun fact: I’ve known this lady for-ev-er. (And if you didn’t enunciate that like The Sandlot, you are not one of us). Anyway, Mariah and I are childhood pals and I am so super excited she is sharing her hilarity with the city of Pittsburgh. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, PEOPLE! Who is Mariah? My name is Mariah Passarelli.  Spelled backwards, it is Hairam Illerassap.  As a child, I fantasized that I would be famous enough to need a code name for hotel reservations and determined that, when this became necessary… Hairam was a solid winner.  I also surreptitiously changed into one of my brother’s neckties before my kindergarten school pictures.  My mother is still partially convinced that I am straight. How did you discover LTYM? I discovered LTYM when my childhood friend and parenting soul sister, Stephanie Barone Jankowski [editor’s note: that’s me! *waves*], wrote about it on her blog (and I watched with […]

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Cast Profile: Diane Tarantini

March 30, 2017

Diane Tarantini is a writer, wife, and mother of three humans–girl, girl, boy– two kitty-cats, and one plush boy bunny. She lives in a 106-year old Sears Kit House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Aqua is her favorite color. Coffee is her favorite beverage. Come, learn more about our 2017 cast member Diane! How did you learn about LTYM? Years ago I heard about LTYM over at Blogher.com. Then last year, one of my grad school buddies, Cinelle Barnes, participated in LTYM 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. What is one of the craziest things you’ve ever said to your kids? Possibly the craziest thing I’ve said to my children, usually when one came running to tattle, was: “Don’t ask me to take sides. If I don’t see blood, I don’t believe it.” Oh, and there was the time I said: “Sweetheart, get that thing off the kitchen table right now. We do NOT allow […]

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Cast Profile: Keith Gottschalk

March 28, 2017

Drumroll please!!!!!! Today’s cast profile features another first for our show: we have us a male cast member! *throws confetti, accidentally hits Keith in the face* We’re so, so  grateful it’s Keith who is gracing our LTYM Pittsburgh stage as the show’s first guy storyteller. We’ve been telling our city you don’t have to be a woman or even a mother to be part of the cast, and Keith heard us, you guys. HE HEARD US! And we’re so glad he did.   Who is Keith Gottschalk? When I figure it out, I’ll write about it. I may never know. How did you discover LTYM? Melissa Middleman Firman told me all about it on Facebook. We’ve never met and I’m not 100 percent sure how we friended each other but she convinced me that the story I had was worth taking a shot. I have auditioned for many plays and performances in my life […]

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Cast Profile: Sally Ann Flecker

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!] 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 […]

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