NIU instructors’ one-woman show: ‘Light & Dark’

DEKALB—NIU writing composition instructor Loren Hecht will perform a one-woman show of story, monologue and music at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center.

“Light & Dark,” presented by Power Solo Performances, begins with the piece, “Mamie’s Grocery,” a hair-raising, uplifting and timeless tale of rediscovery and a look back at childhood. To get to Mamie’s Grocery in Tower Gardens, you had to make the slow and dangerous trek over vast and terrifying neighborhood terrain. The store was located only three blocks away from where I lived, but to me, a 7-year-old tomboy, tiny and worrisome, frightened of everything, the journey to Mamie’s seemed terrible and immense, wild and impossible and ominous.”

Hecht’s second piece, “The Journey,” is a dramatic monologue about the trauma of watching a loved one die. A moving tribute to her younger brother, David, “The Journey” is the story of Hecht’s family as they deal with the tragedy surrounding them. The ticking of the clock throughout the performance serves as a metaphor for the progressive countdown not only to David’s death, but for each of us.

Admission is $5 for NIU students and faculty, as well as DeKalb Area Women’s Center members, and $8 for general admission. The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is at 1021 State St. in DeKalb. Parking is available one-half block south of the building off the 11th Street alley. The handicapped accessible lift can be reached from the alley north of the building. For information, call (815) 758-1351.

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