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Chicago Fall 2015 Expressing Motherhood Cast

Thank you to all who submitted to be a part of the 2nd Chicago cast of Expressing Motherhood.


Showtimes: 11/6 @7:30PM AND 11/7 @ 8:30PM

The cast will be performing on the Ruth Page stage hosted by the Chicago Children’s Theatre beautiful set of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” as their  backdrop. Local Producer Colleen O’Neill will be directing.


Meet the cast:

Lola Reech
Jackie McEachen
Ashley Williams
Michele Weldon
Kathleen Buckley
Matt Scharpf
Gail Vijuk
Leslie Roach
Amelia Dellos
Colleen O’Neill
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Expressing Motherhood: Call For Submissions For Chicago

Expressing Motherhood is headed back to Chicago this November.


Submissions will be accepted soon, September 7th. Please help us spread the word.

Former ExMoShow Alum Colleen O’Neill will be the Local Producer for the Chicago show.

Born and raised in Chicago, Colleen began her career as an kid actor selling cereal toys and candy at the ripe old age of eight for $38/day. Back then she was mostly in it for the craft service and missing school.  She is a Second City Conservatory alum of both the LA and Chicago programs. In addition to writing, directing and producing, she is also one of the founding members of the sketch comedy group The McGillicuddys and producer and founder of the all-female sketch show “Slippery Handles,” which is also the name of her blog.  “Slippery Handles” came out of Colleen’s experience in searching for the funny in a not so funny battle with cancer. A self-proclaimed not-your-mama’s-mama with an affinity for swear words, Colleen counts herself blessed to be the mama of one super-smart, supremely hilarious and always patient little girl.  She also has an amazing, supportive husband who helps her to appear sane at parties.
Colleen’s current projects include work on her original,fully-improvised comedy #Actress and producing her first feature film “Blind Faith.”Her credits include TV, Film, Commercials, Print and Theater. Colleen does a bit of stand-up now and then. She is so excited to be producing this Expressing Motherhood Chicago show.


Email her with any questions. chicago(at)expressingmotherhood.com

We will have a rehearsal:

11/5 Thursday 3PM-7PM


11/6 Friday @ 7:30PM

11/7 Saturday @ 8:30PM

In cooperation with Chicago Children’s Theatre the show will be held at the CCT residence theater The Ruth Page Theater Housed within this historic building is a 218-seat black box theater, a wonderfully intimate and flexible setting for theater and dance performances that offers excellent acoustics and sightlines. The theater is supported by a reception area, concession area in lower level lounge, photographic display area and Box office.



Follow Up With Chicago Performer Colleen O’Neill

Here is a follow up interview with recent Chicago performer Colleen O’Neill.
What was it like participating in Expressing Motherhood? What surprised you about being in the show?
It was an amazing experience.  I was surprised to find out that so many of the women had never performed before… never been on a stage.  They were all so good!  I was also blown away by the caliber of of the pieces.  The writing.  The stories.  I was touched by each and every one, and honored to be a part of this group of women.
Had you ever performed before?
As an actor who has been working for a LONG time, I have performed quite a bit and this show was different in so many ways.  It was a very vulnerable experience for me, because I was doing a very personal piece that I had never intended on putting on a stage.  I always intended for it to be a written piece that would allow me to share it while hiding behind a computer screen.  I, typically, perform comedy pieces when they are original, so I was pushed out of my comfort zone.  I am grateful for that, because that is how we grow.  Thank you to Lindsey for asking me to do this piece instead, even though I growled at you behind your back when you first did. 🙂
What projects do you have on the immediate horizon?
I am continuing to produce my fully-improvised web series and first full-length feature “Blind Faith,” for which I am in the throws of securing funding.  I continue to write, audition and perform as my actual day job and I pray every day that I will get to keep doing it for the rest of my life.  I have several projects in the queue. That queue gets longer by the day.
In regards to your piece, what kind of questions were you asked by people? How did your friends respond?
I was so pleasantly surprised that people wanted to really know and understand more about the entire experience that led to that piece.  I was worried that people would be like – UGH! What a downer!  I didn’t want that.  I wanted people to find the positive in a not so positive experience, but mostly, I wanted to send the message that what you see is not always what it seems and sometimes we all need to pay more attention.  We all should ask more questions of ourselves and others.  Not to get to deep. My friends and family were mostly surprised that this was the piece they came to see.  They all expected to laugh and to see something funny from me, because that is what I do – usually.  I didn’t tell them in advance.  I wanted a genuine reaction, which was all very positive.


Meet Upcoming Chicago Performer Colleen O’Neill

Colleen O’Neill is an Illinois mom who has plenty of experience on stage. She’s dynamic producer/writer/actor and we are happy to have her as part of our upcoming cast.
Where do you live, how many kids do you have, ages?
I live just outside the city limits, so I can have access to all the City of Chicago has to offer for less that half the property tax. 🙂  I have one little girl named Lola who just turned 9.
 How are you creative post children? How has it changed since pre-baby?
I am a working actress, writer and producer, so I spend the better part of the day trying to focus on being creative.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  I think that I have become more creative since having Lola.  When she was a newborn, I had to find a way to be creatively efficiently, since I was writing and performing at Second City, auditioning and working full-time.  My first day back from maternity leave was the first day of the Los Angeles Film Festival where I worked 12-16 hour days for 10 days straight.  I was fortunate to be working for an organization that was supportive of both parents and the work we did outside of our time there.  I had Lola strapped to my body, wearing a custom LA Film Fest onesie that my husband made for her and life was good.  She is a very creative kid with an awesome sense of humor, so she challenges me to stay on my toes.  We spend a lot of time, as a family, creating stories, characters and laughing – a lot of laughing.  I guess you could say that we challenge each other to always be creative in all that we do.
When do you find time to create?
It’s a full-time job. I try to set aside school hours to be my most focused hours, but sometimes it doesn’t always work that way.  I learned a long time ago that flexibility is key.  That is hard for someone with a tendency to lean Type A.  I do my best work in the car, at the gym or when I first wake up and am trying to peel myself out of the sheets.  The busier I am the more I struggle with the ability to just sit and write for fun and a chance to explore, creatively.  It seems the more time I have the harder it is for me to produce.  I’ve gotten good at working under pressure and not having the luxury of a lot of time – the definition of motherhood?
How did you hear about ExMo?
My friend Inana, who I met when we were doing a play together in LA where we had to learn the famous Thriller dance and play dead models, sent me an email telling me all about the show, Lindsay and that I should absolutely do it.  It sounded like a fun show and something I would love to be a part of… and here I am.
What creative projects are you up to?
I am currently producing a fully-improvised web series with the first two episodes completed.  It is an exciting project where I try to pull together new cast and crew for each episode.  We start with a simple location and a very loose premise.  We don’t sit down beforehand.  The day of the shoot, we just go and see what comes.  That is what I love about improv – if you go in with an open mind, ready to listen and play, the outcome will never be what you expect.  Quite often, it will be better.  It is difficult to do a fully-improvised, on-camera project, because you need to deal with different shots and continuity and remembering the beats that worked and those that didn’t to recreate them without a script to guide you.  I like that challenge.  I am hoping to take the best of what comes from this series and put it in to a larger production.
I am also continuing to work on producing my first feature with my husband – he’s a screenwriter… super talented and adorable screenwriter. 🙂  This film is a labor of love.  It was a story we worked on together many years ago and have adjusted throughout our years together.  We decide a few years ago that this would be the one piece we would love to be able to make together.  The process has been a journey with major ups and major downs.  We’ve had stops and starts, but so much great feedback.  We are determined to see it through and hopefully it doesn’t kill us. 🙂
And, my biggest project is penning my first book.  Another crazy journey and another labor of love.
I am very excited to be a part of ExMo Chicago and looking forward to working with all these amazing ladies!