Listen to Your Mother Chicago: Expect your emotions to be tugged

Mothers have a huge impact on our lives. And this year, 12 Chicago area people will take the Athenaeum Theatre stage to share original stories, some funny, some sad, some irreverent, about that impact for the fourth annual Listen to Your Mother Chicago show May 3.

Listen to Your Mother Chicago

“I think that, even though every LTYM show in every city is different every year, the major takeaway is … that we’re all in this together. Motherhood is such a universal theme and whether the audience members are moms or not, they all have (or had) a mom. The relationships we have with our moms (or the person who might be a stand-in for mom) hold a special level of importance in our hearts, and our shows make the audience reflect on that,” says Melisa Wells, co-producer of this year’s Chicago event.

“In Chicago, we believe each one of our shows is special, of course, but this year’s collection of essays/readings is probably the most diverse mix we’ve ever had, and we’re proud of that,” Wells says.

This year, Listen to Your Mother is taking place in 39 cities before Mother’s Day.

Listen to Your Mother also has a new book out, Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What’ We’re Saying Now, featuring the best essays on motherhood from across the country.

“It is a well-known fact that Chicago is overflowing with talented writers, and this year’s cast highlights such a unique collection of stories that anyone, everyone, who sits in the audience will silently nod to themselves and say, ‘Me too!’ In fact, those ‘me too’ moments are part of the magic of the LTYM movement,” says Tracey Becker, co-producer of this year’s Chicago event.

Tickets are $24 at anthenaeumtheatre.org, (773) 935-6875 or at the theater box office.

Chicago Parent readers can save $2 per ticket with the discount code: CHICAGOPARENT. Ten percent of ticket proceeds benefit The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit raising awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls.

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