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Theater

Television, SNL star Nora Dunn in Western Springs free lecture planned by theater

Nora Dunn
Nora Dunn


The Theatre of Western Springs Cattell Series of free community lectures presents “An Evening with Nora Dunn” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the Theatre of Western Springs. Reservations are required.

The Cattell Series, named for TWS founder Mary Cattell, is a periodic series of free community lectures about the theater and the arts.

About the artist

Nora Dunn, an Illinois native, has been at home in both comedy and drama in television, film and on stage. She was a series regular for five seasons on "Saturday Night Live," and starred in NBC’s prime time drama "Sisters" for three seasons. Her film credits include "Three Kings," "Runaway Jury," "Laws of Attraction," "November" and "Pineapple Express."

She has done extensive television and stage work, and wrote and starred in a one-woman show, "Small Prey," in 1997, which played to sold-out houses for 16 weeks in Los Angeles.  Harper/Collins published her book, "Nobody’s Rib," in 1991.

After 12 years of Catholic tutelage, graduating from St. Mary’s Academy, she pursued a career in painting at The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the Institute for three years, then moved to San Francisco where she began to study acting with Anne Macey at The Jean Sheldon Acting Workshop. She continued theater productions before turning her attention to comedic monologues and character studies.

She returned to her native Chicago in 1982, and in 1983 was spotted by a team of "Saturday Night Live" talent scouts. Soon after she was whisked from her deli waitress position to New York City, where she resided until 1992. She now lives in Los Angeles.

To reserve seats for the lecture, call the TWS box office at 708-246-3380. The Cattell Series is curated by TWS Artist in Residence Greg Kolack of Elmhurst, and chaired by Edward Wavak of Hinsdale.

The theater is at 4384 Hampton Ave. Visit www.theatrewesternsprings.com.

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