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SANCTUARY CITY

WRITTEN by mARTYNA mAJOK
Directed by cAROLINE bOWER

November 4-19, 2022

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.​

Performances will be held at the Arts Factory at West End Studios

Flex Passes Available Now!

Single tickets coming soon

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
*Critic's Pick*
"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"
theatre mania
"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 Bower
Caroline Bower

Director

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.

Martyna Majok
Martyna Majok

Playwright

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.

Learn More

Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok Reveals Her Latest Work, Sanctuary City

Playbill.com

The Cost of Living playwright discusses her new play ahead of its Off-Broadway bow at New York Theatre Workshop.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok Reveals Her Latest Work, Sanctuary City
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).

Talkback with Martyna Majok
How Two ‘Playwriting Sisters’ Are Restarting Shows After the Shutdown

Variety

In this edition of the Stagecraft podcast, Playwrights Jocelyn Bioh ("Nollywood Dreams") and Martyna Majok ("Sanctuary City") discuss returning, 18 months later, to plays the pandemic had paused.

How Two ‘Playwriting Sisters’ Are Restarting Shows After the Shutdown