"To succeed in life you need three things-
a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone."
WRITTEN by mARTYNA mAJOK
Directed by cAROLINE bOWER
November 9-20, 2022
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE- due to circumstances beyond our control, the performances on November 4-6 have been cancelled.
They have been rescheduled for November 9, 16 and 20.
If you have tickets for November 4-6, please click here to complete request and exchange or refund.
Performances will be held at the Arts Factory at West End Studios
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Night of Show at the Door: $30 inclusive of all taxes and fees
Students and Teachers: $15 inclusive of all taxes and fees
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This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+
WINNER- Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
WINNER- 2022 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best New Play
NOMINATED- 2022 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play
NOMINATED- 2022 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Plan
DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends.
In post-9/11 Newark, NJ, two teenagers who were brought to America as children become one another’s sanctuaries from harsh circumstances. When G becomes naturalized, she and B hatch a plan to marry so that he may legally remain in the country and pursue the future he imagines for his life. But as time hurdles on and complications mount, the young friends find that this act challenges and fractures the closest relationship either has ever had. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America.
This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+
What People Are Saying
New York Times
"I have rarely seen a play that so effectively embodies the way external forces- in this case, immigration policies in the United States- distort the inner lives of actual humans. What love is, and can ever mean, is lost in the middle between the heart and the law"
"A work of majestic beauty that rips your heart out and shows it to you in its effort to tell the truth about experiences that the largely upper-middle-class audiences wouldn't otherwise have."
new york stage review
"At a time of profound polarization on this delicate issue, Majok has given us something that transcends politics as only the best and most humane art can.”
Meet the Artists
Caroline makes work as a theatre director, actor, and audition coach in her home base of Charlotte, NC. Some directing credits include: The Producers, Eurydice, Peter and the Starcatcher, She Kills Monsters, Pippin, Our Town, Side Show, and Into the Woods. Local audiences have seen her work at Theatre Charlotte, PaperHouse Theatre, Charlotte’s Off Broadway, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, CPCC Summer Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and XOXO. Caroline holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University and a MA in Directing from Roosevelt University.
Gus graduated from Northwest School of the Arts, focusing on Musical Theatre and Theatre. He was in shows such as In The Heights, Pirates of Penzance, Suessical: The Musical, and The Laramie Project. He recently moved back to Charlotte and has done background vocals and background work for Mexican singer, Alex Syntek, for a cover of The Show Must Go On.
Isabel Gonzalez is thrilled and excited to be making her debut at Three Bone Theatre! Isabel is a graduate from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she got her B.A. in Theatre and a Musical Theatre Certificate. Audiences may have seen her work at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte where she has gotten to play and even originate numerous roles including being in their recent production of Annie where she played Cecile/Foley Artist/ Ensemble. When not on stage, Isabel works as a Choreographer around the area. She would like to thank everyone for supporting her journey thus far! Isabel will perform the part of "G" on November 9-13 and 18-20.
Sarandon has recently moved to the Charlotte area from New York. There she performed with NYC’s Mission Improvable while studying Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Manhattan NY. Her past feature roles on stage include Gayle in Almost Maine, Olga in Three Sisters, and Frau Bergmann in Spring Awakening. She has also done some voice-acting work for radio shows. Her credits include Baby Snooks as Snooks and Flash Gordon as Princess Aura. Since being here in Charlotte she has joined Charlotte Comedy Theatre on four of their house improv teams; That’s What She Said, Residual Effects, The Betty Riots, and Alphabet Soup. I’m so honored to have this opportunity to bring life to G. Sanctuary City holds a special place in my heart, and I’m so grateful to everyone at Three Bone Theatre for believing in me. Sarandon will perform the part of "G" on November 16 and 17.
Grant is highly delighted to be making his debut with Three Bone Theater. Born and raised in Charlotte, he attended UNCG where he graduated with a B.A. in Drama. After graduating, he moved back home, performing in various roles and venues until taking a short break from the stage. Some recent credits of his include the Pirate/Prince in "The Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience" and Jack Frost during Carowinds' Winterfest. In addition to acting, Grant is learning the art of aerial silks in his free time.
Brianna (They/B/She) is a Charlotte native and multidisciplinary artist. When Brianna isn't in the booth or calling cues, B is sustainably doing the most as a yoga guide, crystal Reiki practitioner, DJ, Community Caretaker, or crafting intentional adornments as the Primary Conductor and Crafter of Cosmosis Stones. B is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the team for Sanctuary City. This is Brianna’s fifth show with Three Bone Theatre.
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Cost of Living.
Other plays include Sanctuary City, Queens, and Ironbound, which have been produced across American and international stages. Other awards include The Hull-Warriner Award, The Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin Hadley Danks Award for Exceptional Playwriting, Off Broadway Alliance Best New Play Award, The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play, The Greenfield Prize, as the first female recipient in drama, The Champions of Change Award from the NYC Mayor’s Office, The Francesca Primus Prize, two Jane Chambers Playwriting Awards, The Lanford Wilson Prize, The Lilly Award's Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play from The Helen Hayes Awards, Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, ANPF Women's Invitational Prize, David Calicchio Prize, Global Age Project Prize, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, NNPN Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, and Merage Foundation Fellowship for The American Dream. Martyna studied at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, University of Chicago, and Jersey public schools. She was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence, the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and a 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Martyna is currently writing a musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, with music by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett, and developing TV and film for HBO, Plan B, and Pastel.
Majok is pronounced My Oak, like the tree. Or like Cinco de Mayo-k.
Talkback with Martyna Majok
New York Theatre Workshop
Following a virtual screening of SANCTUARY CITY on November 18th, 2021, NYTW's Director of Education, Alex Santiago-Jirau, sat down for an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize winner and playwright of SANCTUARY CITY, Martyna Majok, in conversation with special guests from Rutgers Center for Migration and the Global City, the Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice (CILPJ), the Rutgers-Newark Immigrant Rights Clinic and RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services).
SANCTUARY CITY had its World Premiere at New York Theatre Workshop,
Jim Nicola, Artistic Director, Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director, 2020
SANCTUARY CITY was developed, in part, at the 2018 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab
SANCTUARY CITY is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by TRW PLAYS, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.trwplays.com