Glenview Writer performs in Hands Up! Gender Virtually October 29-November 7

  • Pamela Palmersheim of Glenview performs in Hands Up! Gender Oct. 29-Nov. 7Tellin' Tales Theatre Photo

    Pamela Palmersheim of Glenview performs in Hands Up! Gender Oct. 29-Nov. 7Tellin' Tales Theatre Photo

Updated 10/18/2021 8:50 AM

"Why did I feel powerless? Why did I feel men have control over me? Why didn't I believe I had options?" Those are some of the questions Pamela Palmersheim of Glenview addresses in Tellin' Tales Theatre presents: Hands Up! Gender which runs virtually on Vimeo October 29 - November 7.

Tellin' Tales Theatre curated a diverse group of writers with and without disabilities to share personal stories exploring their experiences and truths around gender. There is also a live performance on October 29 at 8:00pm at The Kedzie Inn, 4100 N. Kedzie in Chicago. The suggested donation is $10. Virtual tickets are $10 and available at


Closed captioning and audio description are available.

Nine performers explore gender identity, gender expression and the effects of society in Live Lit performances. In addition to Palmersheim, they include Lee Buell of Skokie, Molly Wiesman of Elmhurst, Linnea Kopp of Harvard, Mx. Jae Truesdell of San Francisco and Chicagoans Joe Lewis, Didi Reed, Saanti Bonet' and Shui Sheppard.

When curating writers for the performance, directors Stephen Donart and Robert Teverbaugh paid special attention to having a broad spectrum represented. "Gender is one of those things where everyone thinks they have shared understanding, but when you unpack those opinions, most people don't agree at all," Teverbaugh said.

Hands Up! Gender is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

About Tellin' Tales Theatre:

Tellin' Tales Theatre has just begun celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Founded in 1996, Tellin' Tales Theatre was conceived by Tekki Lomnicki, Michael Blackwell, and Nancy Neven Shelton to promote and support a society where people of all abilities are accepted and equal, regardless of perceived ability. The mission of Tellin' Tales Theatre is to shatter barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds through the transformative power of sharing personal narratives. For more information, please visit

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