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Piven Theatre will host the Illinois premiere of the nationally recognized “The Telling Project,” which has been performed in more than 20 other states with glowing revues from The New York Times, Huffington Post and the Associated Press.  Area veterans share their very personal experiences of putting their lives on the line for our country and coming home to loved ones and communities that often could not fully understand the many ways that military service changes one’s life.

Award-winning director and current Northwestern MFA candidate, Alex Mallory, is the director. She has previously directed productions of The Telling Project at Stanford University and in New York City, and is the recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in Creative Arts.

The final performances in Evanston will take place Oct. 19-21 at Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes St.  Veterans are admitted free. Tickets are available at

Past performances have been held at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress as well as at Yale and Stanford universities. The goal of these performances is to strengthen communities by building bridges of understanding between civilian community members and those who have served.

These performances, the first in Illinois are made possible by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the Piven Theatre and The Telling Project which is based in Austin, Tex. This collaborative project is partially funded by the Evanston Arts Council in partnership with the City of Evanston and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.