Among the Darkest Shadows: A powerful story of human trafficking

Posted at 1:45 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 14:33:44-05

A powerful, moving and at times terrifying story of two victims trapped in one of the nations quickest growing crimes: Human Trafficking.

Among the Darkest Shadows, performed by the Inlet Dance Theatre, tells a story of two people captured in the world of human trafficking. The narrative is through the memories and eyes of Pinta (performed by Michelle Sipes), a young refugee who is looking for affection, attention and love that she does not get from her parents, on the streets of a fictional U.S. town called Shadow Town.

Through innovative dance, the narrative memories of Pinta, sounds and emotional lighting, the story of hope of a better life takes a turn.

See photos from the dress rehearsal

Pinta, becomes a victim of sex trafficking. The movements of the cast and visual movements and lighting bring emotion to the stage. Joy, fear, loneliness, dreams and hope.

Pinta meets a boy, Lodi (performed by Dominic Moore-Dunson), who is a victim of labor trafficking, along with his family. His character is that of the hope and bravery, and noticing the simple beauty in things, even in the darkest times.

The cast uses their bodies to create landscapes to tell the stories of the two, and through the emotional dance, the visual stimulation can stir emotions in the viewer and bring the elements of fear, suffering, struggle, triumph and struggle.

The play, written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, whose other plays include: The San Paricios, the Long Road Today, The sun Serpent, Invierno, Sunsets and Margaritas and more.

Gonzalez’s play brings takes the realistic story and bends the reality to that of the memories of a woman looking back on her sufferings as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family.

The cast includes: Kevin Parker, Erin Pennebaker, Katie McGaha, Joshua Brown and Nicole Kapantas.

Choreography is by Bill Wade, and directed by Bert Goldstein.

Showtimes for the play at the Wharton Center are Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.