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.
Her Story Theater
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.
The Dreamcatcher Foundation
and The Salvation Army PROMISE Program Anne's House.
AN ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRODUCTION ON
SEX TRAFFICKING IN CHICAGOLAND
For further informaiton: Email Chiwriter7@gmail.com
SHADOW TOWN is based on Mary's interviews with people involved with sex trafficking in Chicagoland, from undercover detectives, vice squad, social workers, therapists, johns, pimps, and the women and girls trafficked.
The issue is very real and happening in our city, suburbs, and rural areas. Please join us, see the play, learn how you can make a difference with the after show discussion and stop this epidemic endangering our children.
Each performance has a different Chicago notable who performs the role of Samantha's parent, (Samantha is the child from Naperville who disappeared from a connection she made on the internet followed by her parents frantic search for her), along with a celebrity singer opening the show, followed by a reception where our singer performs for that night's audience in the comforts of The Den Theater's lounge. There is also a Q & A after each performance.
Proceeds benefit Salvation Army P.R.O.M.I.S.E program, Anne's House, long term residential housing and care for sex trafficked girls, ages 12 to 17 (up to 21); and The DREAMCATCHER Foundation, a street rescue and recovery organization for Chicago sex trafficked girls and women.
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