May 6

Men in the Making: Domestic Sex Trafficking and the Male Buyer

May 6, 7:00 pm


JCAST Chicago is thrilled to partner with Mary Bonnett and Her Story Theater for this event featuring a fifteen-minute monologue taken from Mary’s fourth play, MONGER performed by Jamise Wright, Artistic Associate, Her Story Theater and lead in original MONGER production. After the performance, Mary and panelists will explore the impact of men’s participation in domestic sex trafficking; and how it effects individual lives, families, and communities. Please note, this program will contain adult content and mature themes. We invite audience members who are triggered during the program to do what you need to feel safe including turning off your camera or leaving the event until you feel comfortable returning. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].


Many JCAST Chicago leaders will remember the play since we watched it together in 2018 and participated in a talk back with JCAST Board member Diane Zidman and other sex trafficking prevention leaders. MONGER, part of Mary’s Chicago Sex Trafficking Cycle, follows a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a secret sex life who deals with his sensitive 16-year-old son’s legal crisis on the day he takes a deposition from the mother of a murdered teenage victim. The play uncovers the nationwide, anonymous brotherhood of men who use the Internet to find and compare notes on the women and underage girls they pay for sex. Though the characters and plot are fictional, they are inspired by real-life events and include actual posts from online chats among men engaged in this activity.

About Mary Bonnett and Her Story Theater
Her Story Theater is a grassroots theater for social change started in 2011. Its mission is to shine bright lights in dark places on women and children in need of social justice and community support. listed it as one of the Top Ten Best Theaters for “Changing Lives”. Mary is Her Story’s Producing Artistic Director. Mary’s plays cover the stories of resilient women and others throughout history that are often overlooked. Mary meticulously researches and interviews hundreds before producing each play. JCAST Chicago looks forward to seeing Mary’s newest play MIA, on missing and murdered girls, Indigenous, in Chicago and across the country, as soon as theaters reopen.

JCAST Chicago is a program of the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore. NCJW founded JCAST Chicago in 2014 as part of its commitment to ensuring that everyone can live a life free from coercion, violence and exploitation.