Her Story Theater Current Conferences, Panel Discussions:

September 23  Realities of Sex Trafficking  8:45AM-10:00AM  Highland Park, IL

September 27  Artemesia Festival      5:00PM-6:00PM  Panel Discussion  Women in Theater

October 31  SAFE Conference   9:00-11:00AM  Workshop on Impact of Theater in Raising Awareness

October 16-November 23, 2014

SHADOW TOWN II: THE JOHNS a play about men who buy young girls for sex...The performances focus on men who buy girls for sex in the Chicagoland area- the johns -  97% men support the $32 billion dollar business of sex trafficking, making it the 2nd largest illegal business in the world...beating out weapons.  All their expenditures goes into the pockets of the traffickers, tax free. Proceeds will benefit The DREAMCATCHER FOUNDATION Drop-In Crisis Center for sex trafficked girls and women.     





 through theater and the written word...Her Story Theater

shines bright lights in dark places on women and children in need of social justice and community support
creates a place and space to exchange ideas that support writers and performers
provides educational workshops and classes

this season's light falls on...

homeless women 
sex trafficking of children
violence against women


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    a theater for social change

    thru performance and writing
    • to raise public awareness; as a call to action for social change for women and children in need of community support and social justice.
    • as a tool to teach, to bridge gaps, to create understanding, to harness empathy.
    • to develop original work by artists for audiences.   

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    a world premiere play about men who buy

    girls for sex and what it costs.


    Check out the Expert Speakers on your performance date.

    See list of Organizations Attending and Expert Speakers below.

    Proceeds will benefit  THE DREAMCATCHER FOUNDATION

    CRISIS DROP-IN CENTER for sex trafficked girls in Chicagoland.


    24 Performances.  Our supporters and expert speakers so far...many more to come.


    Oct. 16: Opening Night   CAASE  with  Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Executive Director

    October 17 - open

    Oct: 18  Dreamcatcher Foundation w/ Brenda Meyers Powell

    October 19 - open

    October 23 - open  w/Detective Al Krok

    October 24  open  w/Judge Ann Breen-Greco

    Oct. 25  Victories of the Heart/Kathi Himmelman 

    Oct. 26  NCJW RECEPTION, AWIU, WWHP  w/Professor Jody Raphael, Vice Squad Paul Olsen

    Oct. 30  Hassadah

    October 31 open

    Nov. 1  Traffick Free,  Hakafa, Sid Guillory Group w/Traffick Free Laura Ng, E.D.

    Nov. 2  IWA  w/Law Professor Jody Raphael

    November 6 - open

    November 7 - open  w/ Detective Al Krok

    November 8 -open

    Nov 9   CAASE Associate Board

    Nov 13  Dreamcatcher/Selah Freedom w/Brenda Meyers Powell

    Nov 14  Dreamcatcher/Selah Freedom Gala  w/Brenda Meyers Powell

    Nov 15  Chicago Teachers Union w/Karen Lewis CTU Presient

    Nov 16  w/ Detective Al Krok, Journalist Robin Robinson

    Nov 20  Beth Emet  w/Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

    November 21 - open

    November 22 -open

    November 23 - open


    SHADOW TOWN  a play about sex trafficking  Top Ten BEST Play of THE YEAR


    We wish to thank the people who made SHADOW TOWN a success.  We the people of Chicago raised $20,000 from ticket sales alone, plus personal contributions and grants to give our partners' the continued support they need in fighting sex trafficking in our city.  Here's to The Dreamcatcher Foundation, The Salvation Army PROMISE Program Anne's House.

    SHADOW TOWN returns Fall of 2015 



    HER STORY THEATER's mission, through theater and the written word, is to shine bright lights in dark places on women and children in need of social justice and community support.
    Sex trafficking in Chicagoland, what does it mean?
    It's all in the numbers.
     16,000 children sexually trafficked a YEAR   CAASE
    18,000-25,000 women & children commercially sexually exploited a DAY  Jody Raphael
    97% of the users are men  
    Average age is 11

    SHADOW TOWN, created and written by Mary Bonnett, Artistic Director, Her Story Theater, is a powerful attitude changing production on the nightmarish issue of sex trafficking impacting our young women and children in Chicagoland.

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    Susan Oppenheimer, Gary Houston, Connie Foster and Alma Washington with Chicago SAG-AFTRA, The United Methodist Temple Church and Reverend Witt, Debbie Zionts and the women from Highland Park, Luther Goins with Chicago Actors Equity, Gay-Young Cho with IWA, Teddy Savas, Diana Anton with Chicago Lights, 4TH Presbyterian Church, Emily Hooper Lansana with Logan Arts UIC, Elliot Edwards, Molly and Jim Peters, Melanie Scofield and Alyse Chadwick with The Salvation Army, Marilyn Katz of MK Communications, Norm Gruenwald, Jill Chuckerman with Jacs Communication, Tom Hall, Veronica Idoate, Judge Ann Breen-Greco, Jennifer Greene, with Il. State's Attorney Office, Joanne Bieschke with Cook County Sheriff Department, Joan Kufrin, Laura Elleseg, Robin Winter Odem with American Women for International Understanding, Jackie Kirley with Working Women's History Project, Helene Gabelnick with League of Women Voters Chicago, Mary Ann Johnson with Chicago Area Women's History Council, Laila and Kristen Cone with Gypsy Moon, Duffy Adelson with Merit School of Music, Nathan Adloff, Lauren Deutsch with Jazz Institute of Chicago, Karrie Goldberg of The Kagency, Jan Kallish, Gail Kalver, Catherine Marienau with DePaul University, Irene Michaels with JAM Productions, John Oppenheimer, Gary Snyderman with Old Town School of Folk Music, Helen Ramirez-Odell, Chicago Teachers Union.  Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theater, Jeff Lindberg, leader of Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chay Yew, Artistic Director, Victory Gardens Theater, Luis Alfaro, writer, director, activist. Mark Rodriquez, Executive Director Changing Worlds, Rob Schroeder, Chi Arts instructor, American Association of University Women, Traffick Free, Diane Mikutis, The Edge Gallery, Rebecca Pavlatos, Katerina of Katerina's Jazz Club, Katherine Rush, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Kate Dumbleton, Lauren Moltz, Judith Stein, Almarie Wagner, Robert Irving III, Patricia Pike.

    Special Thanks to:  Jill Chuckerman with JACs Communication, Amy Bacon Volpe PR, Barb Bailey with Barb Bailey Entertainment, Katherine Rush with Katherine Rush & Associates, Melissa Wilson and Hubbard Street Dance Company, Timmy Fett, Gaye Klopack, Brittany Brown, Karen Vance.

    Our wonderful partners, we thank Frank M, director of Salvation Army PROMISE program and  SA PROMISE staff, Anne's House, Brenda Meyers-Powell and Stephanie Daniels-Wilson of The DREAMCATCHER Foundation

    SHADOW TOWN CAST:  Rashawn Thompson becomes a member of the cast of SHADOW TOWN along with Danielle Nicholas, Kenesha Reed, Hisako Sugeta, Angelina Llongueras, Genesis Salamanca, Lindsey Scalise, Sunny Choi, Zahra Baker, Cody Davis, John Zander