Playwright Luis Alfaro to Write New Play on LA Icon
The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in the amount of $27,700 to support the creation, development and world premiere of a new play about the life and work of Father Gregory Boyle, founder of HomeBoy Industries.
“We’re thrilled to develop this new play that dramatizes the crusade of such a Los Angeles treasure,” beamed Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. “This project has been in the works for some time. We thank the LA County Arts Commission for granting us the support it needed to get underway.”
The two-year project is the creation, development and public presentation of the world premiere of a new play dramatizing the life and work of Los Angeles icon Father Gregory Boyle and his nationally-recognized crusade to change the lives of young people in gangs. In 2001, Boyle founded Homeboy Industries, now one of the largest and most successful gang intervention programs in the nation. Acclaimed Latino playwright Luis Alfaro will be commissioned to write the new work. Alfaro will spend several months interviewing Father Boyle and gang members in the program. He will write a new script based on the material he gathers, culminating in the public presentation of the play performed by professional actors and Homeboy members.