Inner-City Arts is excited to welcome back Richard Cabral’s Fighting Shadows for a series of performances from October 18 to November 4.
The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts and Lineage Entertainment Group in association with Jamie Gertz is proud to present this second run of Emmy-nominated and star of FX’s Mayans M.C. Richard Cabral’s Fighting Shadows, a passionate and poignant celebration of the power of human redemption and transformation against the shadows of gangs, prison, and violence.
“Fighting Shadows is about healing and connection,” said Richard Cabral. “Because of that, I’m so grateful that people have an appetite for Fighting Shadows and I’m happy I get to bring the show back to Inner-City Arts. Inner-City Arts is like family — the whole team takes care of me and shows me great love. Showing this production of Fighting Shadows to high schoolers and community organizations means a lot to me — it is a powerful thing when our communities, especially the youth of our communities, are healed through the arts. [It’s how] the next generation of storytellers is born.”
Fighting Shadows made its 2016 debut to critical acclaim and sold-out shows. Thanks to the generosity of The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, this year, Fighting Shadows, directed by Diane Rodriguez, will feature an entirely new production. Fighting Shadows will also help launch The Rosenthal Theater’s 10-year anniversary while celebrating the spirit of Inner-City Arts’ mission to provide high quality arts education to underserved students through select performances presented to local high school classes at no cost, as well as partnering community organizations featuring a gallery installation and special pre- and post-show conversations with Richard Cabral.
Prior to each show, audiences will engage in various art-making workshops, composing letters to currently incarcerated young people and adults.
“We are not often witness to such a powerful story of human survival in constant search for love,” said Diane Rodriguez, Fighting Shadows Director. “We all relate to the search but few of us have had to walk through the fire to reach it. Richard Cabral lives to tell it.”
FIGHTING SHADOWS is the true story of one man’s search for love in a world meant for breaking, not bending. A brutal, truthful account of Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral’s early life as a notorious gang member in East LA, Fighting Shadows follows his life-affirming transformation out of the shadows of gangs, prison, and violence, and into a new world of family, art, and love. Armed with only his own tremendous will and the good work of Homeboy Industries and Father Greg Boyle, Richard’s story illustrates the possibilities of marginalized lives to reclaim spirit through poetry, music, and raw storytelling
Written by: Richard Cabral with Robert Egan
Director: Diane Rodriguez
Set Design by: Efren Delgadillo Jr.
Lighting Design by: Tom Grond
Projection Design by: Yee Eun Nam
Sound Design by: Luis Guerra
Special thanks to The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.