San Francisco Youth Theatre
In & Out of Shadows


Lipman Middle School, Brisbane, CA
Hartnell College, Salinas

Bakersfield College
Cal State Bakersfield
UC Merced
Berkeley High School
Oakland Diocese

Brava Theater, SF
Fresno City College



IN & OUT OF SHADOWS by Gary Soto

Performed by SF Youth Theatre DREAM Ensemble

Directed by Cliff Mayotte • Music by Emily Klion & George Brooks

IN & OUT OF SHADOWS, a musical by famed Chicano writer Gary Soto, is based on interviews with Bay Area DREAMers, who dream and despair as they navigate the shadows of immigration policies. Set to a vibrant musical score, In & Out of Shadows tells the story of what it feels like to be undocumented. San Francisco Youth Theatre's DREAM ensemble actors bring their personal experience to the stage, mixing English, Spanish, Tagalog, Spanglish and other languages as they tell their stories with passion and humor.
I loved absolutely everything about this show. It made me happy that there's people out there just like me. That know what I'm going through. The things I have to go through everyday. I personally think they should play it everywhere. -Golden Valley High School DREAMer, Bakersfield, CA

READ ABOUT In & Out of Shadows in  
Bakersfield audiences love In & Out of Shadows Mission Local Feature Story

In and Out of Shadows from Mission Local on Vimeo.

Scenes from In & Out of Shadows



Author Daniel Alarcón interviews playwright Gary Soto, producer/composer Emily Klion and actor Homero Rosas on PRI's Radio Ambulante.

We are available for bookings! Bring In & Out of Shadows to your theater, high school, college or community center. Or consider licensing the script to produce at your school or theatre.

Contact SFYT Director, Emily Klion

Read and listen to what the critics said about the premiere performance.

The California Report by Scott Shafer
SF Weekly interview with Gary Soto



Photos available for download for media and press. In and Out of Shadows Press Release

Supported by the California Endowment, Fresno Regional Foundation, Creative Work Fund & National Association of Latino Arts and Culture


Page photo and top row photos © Katia Fuentes
Other photos © Phillip Dyer