Where have all the young girls gone? That’s the theme of a new production at the Greenhouse Theater Center that aims to bring attention to missing and abducted girls.
Playwright Mary Bonnett wrote her production, “Mia,” in response to her experiences working with the Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin.
“A theater’s job is to raise awareness and get people active,” Bonnett said. “We want them to volunteer and give to organizations, to be alert and listen to their neighbors. To be that village we no longer have really.”
Based on real-life stories, Bonnett’s production explores the realities of a 15-year-old girl, Mia, who has gone missing, and her mother’s search to find her. After the production, Bonnett invites guest speakers to share preventative tips.
Speakers include Dion Trotter, deputy chief of police with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.
“We always say: Make yourself a hard target,” Trotter said. “Most walk around with their head down on their phones. You want to be aware of your surroundings. We also do a lot of social media dating these days — share that info with a friend. If it’s your first time riding with someone, take a picture of their license plate.”
“Mia” runs Thursdays to Sundays at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., until April 9.
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Angel Idowu is the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent.