Melisa Wells has a very big weekend ahead of her. She's one of the co-producers of the Chicago production of "Listen to Your Mother," a national series of live readings by local writers in honor of Mother's Day. The show will be performed this Sunday, May 6, at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Chicago.
Wells is also the author of "Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland With Tweens and Teens." She's a partner at Social RevUp, and she blogs at Suburban Scrawl. And she's the first woman to be featured in this space to mention "The Cosby Show" when talking about her parenting style.
Wells, a freelance writer, lives in Naperville with her husband of 25 years, Jim. They have two sons, ages 19 and 17. Read on to find out why we think Melisa Wells is a Go West Mom You Should Know.
Q. Can you tell me about "Listen to Your Mother" -- the concept behind the show? How did you get involved? What's been the best part about working on the show, and what's been most challenging?
A. Madison-based humorist/blogger Ann Imig came up with the idea of "Listen To Your Mother" after attending the BlogHer conference and being in the audience of what is now known as the "Voices of the Year" (bloggers reading posts, chosen by the nominations and votes of others in the blogging community). VOTY is one of my favorite parts of the BlogHer conference experience, by the way. Ann wanted to create a community-based show around the theme of Motherhood, and in 2010 put on the very first LTYM show in Madison, where twelve local bloggers/writers read their pieces on different aspects of mothering or being mothered. The show, which benefited a local charity (10% of ticket proceeds were donated) was videorecorded and posted online, and Ann soon heard from bloggers in Los Angeles, Northwest Indiana, Spokane, and Austin who wanted to bring the show to their cities. LTYM was staged in those cities (and Madison again) in 2011, and this year it has expanded to 10 total cities, with 140 pieces being read, all about different aspects of Motherhood!