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“Hero Mural” Honoring Stev Guyer to be Unveiled at Shadowbox Live

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman “Hero Mural” Honoring Stev Guyer to be Unveiled at Shadowbox LiveA portion of "Hero Mural," a mural dedicated to Shadowbox Live co-founder Stev Guyer. Photo via artists Facebook page.
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A mural honoring the life and work of Shadowbox Live’s co-founder, the late Stev Guyer, is set to be revealed Sunday, August 17 at Shadowbox Live. The mural is the first to be created for theater group’s newly created Arts Alley.

Guyer passed in March after long battles with brain and thyroid cancer. The “Hero Mural,” created by local artists Nick Stull and Stephanie Rond, draws inspiration from a prior conversation with Guyer and Shadowbox Live directors Amy Lay and Stacie Boord.

Incorporated from that conversation are references to Guyer’s life, influences, and journey in establishing Shadowbox Live, now the largest resident theater company in the country.

“We were blown away by the volume of inspirational material there was to work with,” says Stull. “Other references to past productions, former theater locations, and inside stories literally radiate out in the mural’s composition.”

Viewers may recognize references to original productions like “Dawn of Infinite Dreams,” the group’s first production in 1989. The mural also includes images added by Guyer’s son, artist and Shadowbox performer Gabriel Guyer, referencing his relationship with his father and the Shadowbox Live troupe.

Stull says the Hero Mural is the first work in a “larger vision” called “Hero Alley,” which will pay homage to the heroic qualities Guyer and the Shadowbox team embody.

The “Hero Mural” will be dedicated with a free event on Sunday, August 19 at 5 p.m. The mural’s unveiling coincides with performances of “F#(k Cancer,” an original musical by Shadowbox Live, before and after the event at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information about Shadowbox Live, and future performances of the musical, visit shadowboxlive.org.

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