Tellin’ Tales Theatre presents "Bases Loaded," an all-star solo performance look at life through the prism of baseball. It features troupe founder and Elmhurst native Tekki Lomnicki, Marsha Harman and Lindsay Porter.
The show runs weekends between July 19 and 28 at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. The July 19 opening night is linked to an "MVP After Party" at Chief O'Neill's. Regular performance dates are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Lomnicki says the solo performers will take to the plate for a recollection of baseball’s most exhilarating, disappointing and amusing moments. Each night in the bottom of the ninth, they will be joined by a different pinch hitter from the region's storytelling community to bring the show home.
What's the play?
In her turn at bat, Lomnicki explains how the 1969 Cubs saved her life as she recovered from orthopedic surgery at 13 years old. Marsha Harman ponders the power of hope through the lens of a typically disastrous Cubs game, and Lindsay Porter, a third-generation Cub fan, struggles to break free from a century of loss. But first, a lot of people have to die.
Pinch hitters include Barrie Cole, Julie Howe, Erin Kahoa, Andrew Marikis, Anne Purky and John Starrs.
"Bases Loaded" runs about 90 minutes, and is geared
towards fans 14 years and older.
Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s mission is to nurture ability through story. Lomnicki explains that the troupe gathers the stories of groups and individuals, including adults and children with disabilities, and creates theatrically inspiring performances using mentoring and collaboration.
"Tellin' Tales is dedicated to providing a venue for bringing together diverse people," she says. "Our aim is to help our audiences and our performers recognize their commonalties and build a sense of community."
Tickets cost $20, $15 for students; visit www.tellintales.org. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 312-540-1330.
Benefit MVP event
The MVP Opening Night and After Party begins with the 8 p.m. show. Tickets that night cost $50.
Guests can meet the players, get their autographs and help Tellin' Tales further its mission. The $50 donation includes the show and appetizers, set at Chief O'Neill's, across the street from Prop Thtr.
The entire price of that night's ticket is a tax-deductible donation, in support of the artistic and community engagement programs that Tellin’ Tales Theatre has fostered for more than 15 years.
For the new show, Lomnicki shares a fitting quote from Harry Caray:
“Now, you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season, where do you think I’ll spend it? The ballpark. I still love it. Always have, always will.”