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FREE PARKING!!!  First come-first served!  Every performance of SHADOW TOWN
1253 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL right around the corner from The Den Theatre.  
Attendant on duty starting 6PM/1:30PM must have Parking permit from Attendant.  
Must show ticket or proof of purchase or group attending Shadow Town.

Evenings: House Opens 7:00PM    Show  7:30PM  
Matinee:   House Opens 2:30PM   Show  3:00PM Show


For ticket orders by phone:  1-800-838-3006

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.

Her Story Theater's SHADOW TOWN, written and directed by Mary Bonnett, is a 90 minute original stage play, based on Mary's dozens of interviews of people involved with sex trafficking in Chicago.  Eleven actors perform various roles, reflecting the lives of 4 sex trafficked girls in the Chicagoland area, Samantha from Naperville, Marisol from Humbolt Park, Tatiana from the Westside and Ling Ling from China.

SHADOW TOWN is told through the eyes of the pimp/trafficker, Prime Cut, taking the audience through 10 lessons on how to become master of the 'the game'. From Lesson One: How To Grow A Ho (which takes 11 to 13 years) introducing the 4 girls journey into "The Life" to Lesson Ten: How To Rid of A Ho.

One of the 4 trafficked girls gone missing is Samantha Collins from Naperville, a lonely child who seeks company from online strangers. She disappears while her parents are overseas and she is left with the nanny. It is the parent's plight, woven throughout the play through letters written to their daughter before and after her abduction that one of the 24 guest celebrities performs each night, making them the 12th actor of the play.  Show opens with guest singer.

A unique offering that fits well into the sex trafficked world of arbitrary moments. As the pimp says, "Confused? Enjoy the chaos, baby, cause you in 'The Life'."  SHADOW TOWN is woven with music and dance, untraditional in style, yet powerful and moving in presentation.

DID YOU KNOW...the average age of a sex trafficked child is 11 years old. * Sex trafficking is a $32 billion dollar illegal business, the second largest in the world. * Once a child is trafficked, their survival rate is 7 years. * Did you know there are 16,000 children in our city, suburbs and collar counties sexually exploited in the commercial sex trade * Sex trafficked children live in a nightmare, 365 days a year.  *  Did you know, together we help end it.

Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army  PROMISE 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.

3 hours of free CEU credits are applicable to all 24 performances, complements of the Graduate School of Social Work at Dominican University. Sign up at the play, bring your license number, IDs a ticket, fill out form after play and certificate will be mailed.

Please join us and Chicago Celebrities to support the end of sex trafficking.

Following the lives of four trafficked Chicago girls, SHADOW TOWN includes the child from the suburbs, a lonely girl who seeks company with online strangers, a tragic ending made even more tragic by her parents' inability to save her; their only connection - email and letters.

* CHICAGO CELEBRITIES play the role of Samantha's Parent
  and our Diva Singers perform for opening of play and the after-show reception.
     (Guest Celebrities are subject to change)
October 10, 2013     Gary Houston, award winning actor, director, writer, journalist
                               Shauntia Toussaint Fleming, jazz       Dave Rice on piano
                               Sponsors: Susan and Ted Oppenheimer
                               SOLD OUT

October 11, 2013     Karen Lewis, CTU President, child advocate
                               Dee Alexander, jazz opens show
                               Big Time Sarah, blues for reception only
                               Full sponsor: Chicago Teacher's Union
                              8 TICKETS LEFT

October 12, 2013     Si Osborne, celebrated actor and Jeff award winner.
                               Maggie Brown, jazz, blues  on piano: Greg Spero
                               TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 13, 2013     Rick Kogan, columnist Chicago Trib,  Journalism Hall of Fame, radio
                               Laura Walls, jazz    on piano: Robert Irving III
                               Sponsors: Susan and Ted Oppenheimer Tickets Available
                               Alliance Amer. Univ. Women & Working Women's Hist. Project    
                               TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 17, 2013     Bill Kurtis & Donna LaPietra, angels and media
                               Lynne Jordon, blues    on piano Raymond Glower
                               The Salvation Army  (partial sponsor)
                               Porch Light (partial sponsor)
                               SOLD OUT

October 18, 2013     Martha Nussbaum, law professor at University of Chicago, author
                                Yvonne Gage, jazz
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 19, 2013     Marion Brooks, NBC 5 Chicago, New anchor, Reporter
                                Holly McGuire, R&B  on piano: Daniel Tabion
                                Dreamcatcher Foundation
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 20, 2013      Robin Robinson, Fox 32, anchor
                                Yoko Noge, jazz, piano
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE - Compass Church

October 24, 2013      James Sherman, Broadway playwright, screenwriter
                                Julia Huff, jazz, blues
                                Full sponsor: Susan & Ted Oppenheimer
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 25, 2013      Will Clinger, Channel 11 Wild Chicago fame, actor, Second City
                                Shawn Christopher, jazz, blues
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 26, 2013      Cedric Young, award winning actor for film and stage
                                Suzanne Petri, award winning, cabaret  
                                on piano Bob Moreen
                                Full sponsor: Debbie Zionts, Highland Park, IL
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 27, 2013     Theresa Gutierrez, Emmy award winning journalist, ABC 7 News
                                Gaye Klopack, jazz    on piano John Paluch
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

October 31, 2013      Anita Alvarez, Il. Cook County State's Attorney
                                Margeret Murphy, jazz   on piano Charlie Johnson
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 1, 2013    Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, U.S. House of Representatives
                                Frieda Lee, jazz
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 2, 2013     Cheryl Lynn Bruce, award winning actress
                                Tressa Thomas, R&B    on piano Shawn Wallace
                                Full Sponsors: Dreamcatcher Foundation
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 3, 2013    Vicky Curtiss, Pastor of Mission, Fourth Presbyterian Church
                                Bobbi Wilsyn, jazz, blues  piano: Miguel de la Cerna
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 7, 2013    Sylvia Ewing, WTTW, Channel 11, journalist, author
                                Molly Callinan, blues
                                Intren, Inc. (partial sponsor)
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 8, 2013    Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune Columnist, author
                               Typhanie Monique, jazz    Robert Irving III
                                Full Sponsors: Traffick Free
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 9, 2013    Dennis Zacek, Tony Award, founder Victory Gardens Theater
                                Senabella, jazz
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 10, 2013   Joel Daly, award winning news anchor, lawyer and actor
                                Kimberley Church, jazz
                                Full Sponsors: United Methodist Temple Church
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

November 14, 2013  Ben Joravsky, award winning editorialist for The Reader, author
                                Molinea Lewis, jazz, blues  on piano  Robert Irving III

November 15, 2013  Warren Chapman, Senior Vice President Columbia College
                                Lucy Smith, jazz, R&B    on piano  Tom Vaitas

November 16, 2013  Alex Kotlowitz, awarded author, There Are No Children Here
                               Tammy McCann, jazz    on piano: Dennis Luxion
                               Full Sponsor: Molly and Jim Perry

November 17, 2013  Honorable Virginia Kendall, District Federal Judge, advocate
                                Spider Saloff, jazz
                                TICKETS AVAILABLE

House opens at 7PM  
SHADOW TOWN starts at 7:30PM
Matinees:  House opens 2:30PM  Show 3:00PM
Q & A after each show
Reception after each show discussion with incredible singer.

Running Time 90 minutes no intermission.  Discussion after every show.

The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL  2nd Floor, has a beautiful comfy lounge area and bar...come early, stay late.
Receptions are after every show with singer.

Parking on street and at possibly Jewel Grocery Store.  Information closer to date of opening.



The Den Theatre (View)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60622
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


On BPT Since: Feb 21, 2011

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