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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, DeKalb Area Women’s Center
(815) 758-1351

October 3, 2006

NIU writing instructor offers one-woman show

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University composition instructor Loren Hecht will present an upbeat, inspiring one-woman show in which audience members learn through music and storytelling why reading is important.

The performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center.

“Once Upon a Time, Discovering the Magic in Reading” is a colorful, interactive play written by Hecht in collaboration with her brother, Bruce, in response to what she has seen as a marked decline in active reading and reading comprehension skills among today’s college students. Tim Benedict, coordinator of Project VITAL at Sauk Valley College, describes Hecht’s theater piece as “a riveting, emotional solo performance on literacy.”

Hecht believes the show will appeal to a broad audience, including literacy volunteers and professionals, middle school students and their parents, education faculty and students, librarians, and others interested in literacy and story performance.

The show runs 45 minutes with a 15-minute discussion following. Cost is $5. The event is funded in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert & Lecture Fund.

The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb and is on Huskie Bus Route 7. The accessible lift can be reached from the alley on the north side of the building. Parking is provided one-half block south off of 11th Street. For further information, contact DAWC director Anna Marie Coveny at (815) 758-1351.

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