"Jane Doe" show leads to arrests of traffickers in Lake County, CA.
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THEATRE AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING
"A shattering, enlightening exposé"
"...powerful, heart-wrenching and galvanizing"
Mad River Union
Jane Doe in Wonderland unites survivors, professional theatre artists, and communities in the effort to prevent sex trafficking through art and education. Appropriate for ages 14+, this original play and survivor-led talkback draws parallels between Alice in Wonderland and the world of domestic sex trafficking; it exposes common ‘red flags’ of traffickers and combats social stigma towards victims by addressing the question “why don’t they run?”
Jane Doe in Wonderland was born out of the desire to tell a story, a story of trafficking and survival that didn’t happen far off overseas, but in our own backyard. Survivor Leader Elle Snow had always identified with the story of Alice falling down the rabbit-hole; the absurd characters, Alice’s mistreatment and self-blame, and the upside-down logic of Wonderland eerily echoed her experience as a trafficking victim. When approached by playwrights Grace Booth, Erin Johnston and Kate Tobie with an opportunity to use theatre to tell this story, Elle proposed connecting the well-known, beloved story of Alice with her own untold and misunderstood story as a sex trafficking victim.
Jane Doe is written to be accessible for a high school audience, presenting material in a manner that is neither violent nor explicit. The play follows the most common case of trafficking: that of a ‘Romeo Pimp’ targeting a rural high school girl by pretending to be her boyfriend before bringing her to an unfamiliar city and trafficking her. In addition to addressing the common ‘red flags’ of this type of trafficker, the play specifically addresses the most commonly asked question: “why don’t victims run?” When people understand the tactics a trafficker employs, their conception of ‘prostitution’ is turned upside-down. When teenagers understand what a ‘pimp’ is, their likelihood of being trafficked drastically diminishes. We hope that by raising awareness amongst teens, educators, and concerned citizens, we can prevent any more of our youth from becoming victims.
In addition to its Survivor Advocacy, Jane Doe’s mission is to provide high-quality professional performance in rural, underserved areas of America, as well as to foster artists as advocates. Every participating actor goes through intensive training and experiences their voice as a vehicle for re-writing the narrative of trafficking victims on local and global levels.
A Survivor herself, Elle Snow is fighting sex-trafficking through education and advocacy. Elle is currently providing educational training to youth groups, community members, service providers, social workers, medical staff, foster parents, victim advocates, and law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. Elle is a two-time Soroptimist Ruby Award winner and has been recognized by Congress and Senate Members for her work in the anti-trafficking movement. She is a member of Soroptimist International, The Survivor-Leaders Institute, and The National Survivor Network.
Erin Johnston is an actor-creator living in Salem, MA. Erin received her BA in Theatre (Acting) at Dalhousie University in Halifax NS in 2013 and her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Erin's passion for community-based arts continues as a movement/theatre teaching artist at Express Yourself in Beverly, MA, a non-profit that works with at-risk youth through the arts. Erin directed the 2017 tour of Jane Doe and played the role of Nobody in the 2018 tour. Erin has also worked, collaborated and performed across Canada and the US. Her co-created grotesque shadow play, A Feebleminded Dictator, won Best of Festival at the 2017 Halifax Fringe Festival.
Grace Booth is an actor-creator living in New Orleans, LA. Grace received an M.F.A. in Ensemble Physical Theatre at Dell’Arte International and a B.A. in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College. She played the March Hare in the 2017Jane Doe tour and directed the 2018 tour. She is also a co-founder of international troupe Til Lalezar Theatre. Grace has worked and taught in the Czech Republic, the Caribbean Islands, Indonesia, and throughout the United States.
Kate Tobie is an actor, set designer, costumer, and creator originally hailing from Nevada City, California. Her passion for social justice began when she was a volunteer teacher in Nepal. She is a graduate of the Advanced Ensemble Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater in 2016, where she discovered theater as a means to tackle difficult themes and begin conversations to mobilize community involvement in social justice issues. She has worked with a number of theater companies throughout California and most recently won Best of Fringe in the Nugget Fringe Festival and Halifax Fringe for a show she co-created, A Feebleminded Dictator.
Jane Doe in Wonderland would not exist without our survivor partners & their stories. In 2018, in addition to Elle Snow, we had the privilege of touring with two incredible survivor leaders, who are both working every day in their communities to help victims & survivors & combat trafficking through prevention & education.
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“As someone who has produced professional theatre for over 40 years, Jane Doe in Wonderland could professionally engage and captivate audiences anywhere at all levels.”
“...a powerful piece of theatre that journeys deep into the alternate universe that is sex trafficking in America today”
Pat Bitton, North Coast Journal
“This was so amazing. The parallel to Alice in Wonderland was perfect because it is not only nuanced and multifaceted but really makes you think. The full understanding of the whole situation was really mindblowing. The destruction that trafficking causes to human lives is heartbreaking.”
Student, Arcata High School
"…thanks to Jane Doe in Wonderland, sex trafficking can not only be discussed but fought against by every concerned person inspired by this thought-provoking show.”
Eureka Times Standard
Since 2016, Jane Doe has held 34 shows in:
The show has also partnered with 3 Survivor-Speakers and countless community arts, education, and social service organizations.
Vacaville Police Detective Mike Miller reflects on Jane Doe and local trafficking. Click HERE for his testimonial.
Jane Doe in Wonderland has produced West Coast tours in 2017 & 2018. To book us in your community or university, please e-mail
Trailer (Tour 2018)
Many Thanks to Our 2017-18 Sponsors and Donors:
Humboldt Area Foundation, McLean Foundation, Tom and Stephanie Perrett, The Tobie Family, Angela and Chase Van Epps, Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe, Soroptimists of Eel River Valley, Soroptimists of Vacaville, Mendocino County Office of Education, Mendocino College Foster & Kinship Care, Community Foundation of Mendocino County/Ukiah Saturday Afternoon Club, The Arcata Foundation, The People's Pint, William B. Greenough, Ronni Lacroute, Pat Bitton, Kent Jenkins, Matt Hiatt, Michael Fishman
Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations
HUMAN TRAFFICKING CALL
BE FREE (233733)
"Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally.
Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.
Victims of sex trafficking can be U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, women, men, children, and LGBTQ individuals.”
- Polaris Project
“Human Trafficking is recognized as the second largest criminal industry in the world”
– U.S. Department of State
“California is in the national top 3 destinations for Human Trafficking”
– Polaris Project
“1 in 5 runaways in 2015 were likely Sex Trafficking victims”
– National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
“Of 4,163 Sex Trafficking cases reported to T.R.C. in
2015, 2,594 were adults and 1,379 were minors. 781 of those cases occurred in California”
– Trafficking Resource Center
Girls Like Us - Rachel Lloyd
Survivor's Guide to Leaving - Sheila White & Rachel Lloyd
Roadmap to Redemption - Rebecca Bender
Walking Prey - Holly Austin Smith
Runaway Girl - Carissa Phelps
And he Called me Angel - Angel Meyers
And Life Continues - Wendy Barnes
Stolen - Katariina Rosenblatt
Renting Lacey - Linda Smith
Trauma and Recovery - Judith Herman, M.D.
The White Umbrella - Mary Frances Bowley
"Those flowers are ignorant snobs. They refuse to see that Wonderland is right below them and that their roots are stuck in our soil. "
~The White Queen, Jane Doe In Wonderland