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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    Photos of The Johns

    a world premiere play about men who buy 

    girls for sex and what it costs. 

    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.  

     Expert Speakers    

    Proceeds benefited  THE DREAMCATCHER FOUNDATION   24 Performances.

    Creative Team

    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 


    Brooke Bartlett: Betty Sappho

    Sarah Mellas: Baby Girl  

    Adam Marcantoni: CJ III

    Doug Schuetz: Chase Johnson II

    Mary McClenahan: Grace Johnson

    Lindsey Scalise: Jules Johnson

    Caleb Probst: Jacob Pratt

    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



    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