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Theater

Elmhurst native Tekki Lomnicki to present stories of 'Divercity'

Tekki Lomnicki
Tekki Lomnicki

Tellin' Tales Theatre was co-founded by Elmhurst native Tekki Lomnicki nearly 20 years ago to bring together people with and without disabilities through the transformative power of personal story. Her latest show, "Divercity," will be performed Friday through Sunday, May 22 to 24, in Chicago.

Organizers said the production features solo performances by artists, writers and actors with disabilities in "six hilarious and riveting stories." The stars are Lomnicki, Susan Aarup, Lily Diego, Michael Herzovi, Rob Rotman and Terri Thrower.

The show will be offered in The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. One can order tickets online at tellintales.org. For information, call 312-540-1330.

Sign language interpretation and audio description will be available Saturday, including that day's after-show discussion. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $15 for students and people with disabilities.

About the artistic director

Tekki Lomnicki, vice president of Little People of America District 6, believes in the healing power of stories. She is a solo performer, playwright, director and educator, who has devoted her craft to finding ways to incorporate her abilities and those of others to perform compelling stories and build community. Tellin' Tales produces adult solo performance as well as a mentoring program and show called “Six Stories Up,” featuring kids and adults with and without disabilities.

Lomnicki performs her critically acclaimed solo work for schools, conferences and theater audiences across the U.S. and Canada, and starred in the award-winning film "The Miracle," by Jeffrey Jon Smith. She also taught for Chicago’s Gallery 37 and currently teaches solo performance to adults at the Victory Gardens Training Center and Prop Thtr in Chicago.

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