Theatre Conspiracy at Alliance for the Arts will present Sanctuary City by Martyna Mojok and directed by Miguel Cintron. Cast includes the director’s daughter Isabella Cintron, Nicholas Salerno and Anthony Miller.
Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok brings us the powerful story of two young DACA DREAMers who fight to establish a place for themselves in America, the only country they know as home. Poignant, timely, and highly theatrical, Sanctuary City illuminates the triumphs and challenges these lifelong friends face, and how much they are willing to risk for each other when they have everything to lose. Being young is hard enough without the looming fear of being deported from the only home country you’ve ever known. In this stirring tale, two undocumented friends seek to find a place for themselves in a world that threatens to tear them apart. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok transports us on a time-spanning journey which asks what are we prepared to lose for both a future and those we love?
Sanctuary City was the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Theater Development Grant. This project was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 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 both American and international stages. Other awards include 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 an original series for HBO based on her play, Queens. She lives in New York City.
Tickets are $27 for members, $32 for non-members and $14 for students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at ArtInLee.org or by calling the box office at 239-939-2787. Performances are Aug. 17 – 19, 24 – 26 at 7:30 p.m. & Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.
The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers