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.