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Her Story Theater Current Conferences, Panel Discussions:

January 11, 2015   Speretus  Institute  Discussion on Sex Trafficking

January 26, 2015   Interview airing with Ericka Gilchrist  WTF and Mary Bonnett HST

February 11, 2015  Beauty Within/Without Podcast with Traci Campbell interviewing Mary Bonnett 

February 18, 2015  Truman College,  2:00PM  Sex Trafficking in Chicago Panel with Mary Bonnett

February 24, 2015  Northwestern University, Medill, Television Interview

March 4-7, 2015   Four performances FORGOTTEN IN THE SHADOWS Northwestern Univeristy

April 11, 2015  AAUW  Depaul University  Downtown Campus Presentation on Sex Trafficking with Mary Bonnett  10:00AM  234 S. Wabash #924

April 16, 2015  Highland Park High School  Focus on The Arts.  Impact of the play: The Johnsons

April 17, 2015  YMCA Lake County presentation  Sex Trafficking presentation with Mary Bonnett

July 30, 2015  Panel on Sex Trafficking with Chris Baker Ink 180 and Her Story Theater 1-3PM  Wabansee Sugar Grove College Campus.

September 28-October 18  Money Make'M Smile, a play about youth, culture and sex trafficking

HER STORY THEATER TOP TEN THEATERS CHANGING LIVES  Chosen by Backstage.com
SHADOW TOWN..Top Ten BEST Play of THE YEAR!

http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/2013/12/29/top-10-chicago-plays-of-2013/#review

 


MISSION

 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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    MONEY MAKE'M SMILE

    written by Mary Bonnett 

    original production about youth, culture and sex trafficking

    Recommended for all ages especially High School and College students

    Produced by Her Story Theater performed at VICTORY GARDENS THEATER

    COMING IN THE FALL!

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     The Trafficking Quadrilogy

    Shadow Town

    supply

     Mongers

    demand

     The Johns

    family, community, victim

    Money Make'M Smile

     youth, culture & trafficking  

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    The News On Shadow Town II: The Johns 

    premiered  October 16 - November 23, 2014

    WBEZ Vocalo with Richard Steele on The Johns with Marion Brooks

    NBC5 New Special on "The Johns" with Marion Brooks

    Streetwise Magazine Article on SHADOW TOWN II: THE JOHNS 

    Make It Better Magazine

    CAN-TV INTERVIEW

    THE CHICAGO DAILY OBSERVER by Don Rose

    BACKSTAGE "10 Arts Organizations That Change Lives" 

    (Worldwide list! Her Story is one of the ten! We're so honored.)

     I On The Scene by Irene Michaels

    Pioneer Press by Mike Issacs

    SHADOW TOWN II: THE JOHNS

    a world premiere play about men who buy

    girls for sex and what it costs.

     Expert Speakers  

    Proceeds will benefit  THE DREAMCATCHER FOUNDATION

     Written and Directed by Mary Bonnett

    Music and Lyrics by Brooke Bartlett

    Lighting Design by Claire Chrzan

    Set Design by Mary Bonnett

    Choreography by Melinda Wilson

    Sound Design by The Foxhole

    Stage Fights by Molly Donohue 

    CAST MEMBERS

    Brooke Bartlett, Sarah Mellas, Adam Marcantoni, Lindsey Scalise,

    Caleb Probst, Mary McClenahan, Doug Schuetz 

    24 Performances. 

    Storyline:  Grace Johnson II has problems...a slipping marriage, a son expelled from Harvard, a daughter who wants to elope...she should be so lucky. What lies between fantasy and fact is a powerful awakening for the Johnson family. The hidden truths revealed at the oddest moments.  Set on the north shore of Chciago, SHADOW TOWN II: THE JOHNS explores the world of men who buy girls for sex and what it costs...the family, the girl, the community.  "Powerful, moving, eye opening!"  Written and directed by Mary Bonnett, a follow up to SHADOW TOWN but with a very different approach.  Experts with audience discussion after each performance.

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    SHADOW TOWN  a play about sex trafficking 

     Top Ten BEST Play of THE YEAR 2013

    Congratulations

    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.

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    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

     

    For further informaiton: Email  Chiwriter7@gmail.com

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