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Sanctuary City

MARCH 1 – 31, 2024

Leo K. Theater

Winter, 2001, Newark, NJ. Two DREAMers—pre-DACA—meet up on the fire escape, which happens most nights. Both undocumented teens, they grapple with life’s challenges, from family to their futures. When one becomes naturalized, she promises to marry the other so he can receive his papers and truly start his life. As time passes and their relationship shifts, both must confront what they are willing to sacrifice to live freely and belong. This searing and captivating new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning Martyna Majok asks what we’re willing to risk for those we love. 

Content Advisory: This production contains complex themes. For a detailed content advisory, including potential spoilers, and for resources for support around these topics, click here.

"Staggeringly good"

The Seattle Times

This is simply stunning storytelling and reminds me why I love live theater



Important Dates

Event Type Event Dates
Previews March 1 - 5
Voices of Resistencia Theatrical Reading March 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Opening Night March 6
Mask Required March 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Student Matinee March 14 at 10:30 a.m.
English Open Captions March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Teen Night March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Sensory Friendly March 16 at 2 p.m.
Post-Show Actor Talk March 21
ASL Interpretation & Audio Description March 30 at 2 p.m.
Post-Show Panel Discussion: International Rescue Committee Reflections March 30 at 9 p.m.


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    Sizzle Reel

    Watch Sanctuary City in action with snippets of the show.

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    Interview with the Cast

    Hear the cast discuss immigration as a lived experience, the cost of friendship, and what they hope audiences will take away from Sanctuary City.

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    A Peek into Rehearsal

    Get a glimpse of the cast and director of Sanctuary City in rehearsal as they prepare to bring this story to the stage.

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    Teaser Trailer

    "A vivid glimpse into the personal costs of living in limbo as a Dreamer." —DC Theater Arts


Engage with the Play

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    Check out what the press are saying about Sanctuary City!

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    Show Program

    Explore the Sanctuary City Encore+ digital program before you arrive at the theater.

    Show Program
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    Youth Guide

    Check out an in-depth character breakdown, synopsis, activities, and more in the Sanctuary City Youth Guide. 

    Youth Guide
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    Sensory Guide

    A scene-by-scene guide of the sensory impact of this show that individuals may experience. Produced by our partners at Sensory Access. 

    Sensory Guide
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    Hear from the Director

    Hear from Sanctuary City director Desdemona Chiang about her first reaction to reading the play, personal connections with the characters, and more in this conversation with Seattle Rep.

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    Show-Inspired Media List

    Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books and films to enhance your experience of Martyna Majok's Sanctuary City.

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Martyna Majok


Desdemona Chiang


Sara C Walsh

Scenic Designer

Christine Tschirgi

Costume Designer

André Pluess

Sound Designer

Chih-Hung Shao

Lighting Designer

Sarah Harlett

Intimacy Consultant

Paul Adolphsen


Sanhawich Meateanuwat

Irene Gandy Directing Assistant, The Drama League

Ruth Eitemiller

Stage Manager

Quy Ton

Assistant Stage Manager (March 1–17)

Quinn Chase

Assistant Stage Manager (March 16–31)


Emilie Maureen Hanson


Junior Nyong’o


Josh Kenji


Lola Rei Fukushima

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Morgan Gwilym Tso

u/s B, Henry

Sanctuary City is sponsored by

Producing Partners

Stephen Behnen & Mary Hornsby

Darrel Cowan

David Robinson


Production Sponsors

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