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Tekki Lomnicki of Elmhurst to bring 'Phobias' to Tellin’ Tales Theatre

Performers from Tellin’ Tales Theatre reveal their various neuroses in "Phobias: A Solo Performance Complex," continuing July 24 to 26 in Chicago, announces Artistic Director Tekki Lomnicki, an Elmhurst native. A young adults show also is planned, featuring Molly Wiesman of Elmhurst.

In "Phobias," three neurotic solo performers with and without disabilities –  Michael Herzovi, Tekki Lomnicki and Elmhurst's Rosemary Postula – share their comedic stories straight from the psychiatrist’s couch. Each night they will be joined by a different fraidy cat from the region's thriving Live Lit community ranging from a Zumba instructor with Coulrophobia (an abnormal fear of clowns) to a disability advocate who is terrified of Republicans.

Plot points

• In "They’re Everywhere!," Michael Herzovi admits his aversion to crawly things.

• Tekki Lomnicki’s "Baggage Handler" is a testament to the terrors of performing to an audience of texters, snackers and critics.

• In "Just Kill Me Now," Rosemary Postula spends a paralyzing 15 minutes trapped in an elevator with her fears and the unwitting audience of another passenger. 

Fraidy cats include Jill Howe, Amy Eaton, Mike Ervin, James Sweeny, Trice Turner and Mark Schab. "Phobias" runs about an hour and a half and is geared toward fans 14 years and older.

The mission of Tellin' Tales Theatre is to shatter barriers between the disabled and able-bodied worlds through the transformative power of personal story.

"We bring together children and adults from both communities to share their stories in theatrically innovative productions and programs to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance," notes the troupe in its news release.

The play will be performed at 3502 N. Elston Ave. Remaining performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Tickets are available at They cost $20 for adults; $15 for students and people with disabilities. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 312-540-1330.

Young Adult Writer's Workshop

In conjunction with "Phobias," Tellin' Tales Theatre conducts a three-week Young Adult Writer's Workshop for writers with and without disabilities in their teens and 20s. They will write on the same theme, culminating in a reader's theater performance titled "The Monster Under the Bed" at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in Prop Thtr. Admission is free.

Lomnicki notes that Molly Wiesman, 29, of Elmhurst is one of the talented writers who has participated in Tellin' Tales Theatre productions since she was 13. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Tellin' Tales TaleBlazer Award for her strides in bridging the disabled and able-bodied worlds.

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