New York Theatre Workshop Announces the Streaming Release of SANCTUARY CITY
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:39 am EDT 10/15/21

"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."
-The New York Times, Critics' Pick

"Riveting. Honest. Tender. Brutally funny."

"A work of majestic beauty. You're not likely to see a more powerful 100 minutes than this."







(October 15, 2021 - New York) New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today that Sanctuary City, written by Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (Cost of Living, queens) and directedby Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke), will be available for streaming from Monday October 25 through Sunday November 21, 2021. Sanctuary City began previews on September 8, 2021, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014), opened Tuesday September 21 to rave reviews, and will play its final in-person performance of an extended run on Sunday October 17, 2021.

The original cast of Sanctuary City will appear in the streaming version, including Jasai Chase-Owens (The Tempest) as B, Sharlene Cruz (Mac Beth) as G and Austin Smith (Hamilton) as Henry.

Sanctuary City features scenic & costume design by Tom Scutt (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), lighting design by Obie Award winner Isabella Byrd (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire). Merrick A.B. Williams (Othello) serves as stage manager. Caitlin Sullivan (Madonna col Bambino) serves as Remount Director.

DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. 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. 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok brings us an unforgettable story that asks what we're willing to sacrifice for someone we love. Rebecca Frecknall, director of the 2019 Olivier Award-winning Summer and Smoke, helms the highly anticipated production which returns to the stage after performances were halted in March 2020.

Streaming passes for Sanctuary City will be available for $30 for a 48-hour viewing window or $50 for a 96-hour viewing window. Passes are available now at nytw.org.

Sanctuary City is currently being performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NY, NY 10014). Presented by Special Arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation.

The current cast of Sanctuary City includes Jasai Chase-Owens (The Tempest) as B, Sharlene Cruz (Mac Beth) as G and Julian Elijah Martinez (Network) as Henry.

Sanctuary City is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Theater Development Grant. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Sanctuary City is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Alongside its artistic and community engagement activities, NYTW is engaged in the essential, sustained commitment of becoming an anti-racist organization in support and affirmation of Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color in its community. In June of 2020, NYTW published its Core Values statement and initial action and accountability steps. In an effort to provide greater transparency, NYTW shares progress updates, further commitments and next steps at nytw.org/accountability.

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We've mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power's The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath; Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh's Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh's Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith's The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW's productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. NYTW is represented on Broadway with Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin and the upcoming Sing Street, based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, with a book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Gary Clark & John Carney, directed by Rebecca Taichman.


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JASAI CHASE-OWENS (B) holds a BFA in acting from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College, SUNY. Theatre credits include: The Tempest at The Public Theater; A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Public Theater; Native Son at Yale Repertory Theatre. Television credits include HBO's "The Deuce." He is a series regular on Amazon Prime's "The Expanse."

Sharlene Cruz (G)is thrilled to make her NYTW debut! Cruz originated the role of Witch 3 in Erica Schmidt's Mac Beth at the Lucille Lortel and reprised the role at Hunter Theater Project. Other credits include: The Climb (Cherry Lane Theater), Den of Thieves (Harlem Repertory Theater), and BLU (Aaron Davis Hall). Recent graduate of the City College of New York.

Austin Smith (Henry) made his professional debut starring in the Obie Award-winning Soho Rep production of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Theatre for a New Audience directed by Sarah Benson. He went on to join the original Broadway cast of the Tony, Grammy & Pulitzer Prize winning musical Hamilton, performing both the roles of Aaron Burr and George Washington. World premieres include How to transcend a happy marriage by Sarah Ruhl starring Marisa Tomei at Lincoln Center Theater directed by Rebecca Taichman; Zurich by Amelia Roper, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt at Next Door at NYTW; Socrates by Tim Blake Nelson, starring Michael Stuhlbarg and directed by Doug Hughes at The Public Theater. Television credits include "Odd Mom Out," "Random Acts of Flyness," and "New Amsterdam." Training: The Juilliard School.

MARTYNA MAJOK (Playwright)was born in Bytom, Poland and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Martyna was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Cost of Living (Williamstown, MTC, Hampstead). Other plays include Queens (LCT3, La Jolla) and Ironbound (Steppenwolf, Round House, WP/Rattlestick, Geffen, National Theatre of Poland). Awards include a Lortel Award, ATCA Francesca Primus Prize, Lanford Wilson Award, Stacey Mindich Prize, Greenfield Prize, Champions of Change Award, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award, Ashland New Plays Festival Women's Invitational Prize, Jean Kennedy Smith Award, David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, Global Age Project Prize, Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, two Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Prizes, and Merage Foundation Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from The Public, Lincoln Center, The Bush, Almeida, Geffen, La Jolla, South Coast Rep, and MTC. Residencies at Sundance, The O'Neill, Vineyard Arts Project with The Public, Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, Marble House Project, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School. Alumna of Youngblood, WP Lab and NYTW's 2050 Fellowship. Martyna is a Core Writer at Playwrights Center and a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild of America East, and an NYTW Usual Suspect. Martyna was a 2012-13 NNPN playwright-in-residence and the 2015-16 PoNY Fellow at the Lark. She is a 2018-19 Hodder Fellow at Princeton.

REBECCA FRECKNALL (Director) is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre. In April of 2019, she opened a new version of Chekhov's Three Sisters to critical and popular acclaim. She also directed the critically acclaimed Summer and Smoke, which opened at the Almeida before transferring to the West End in November 2018. The production won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Revival, and Rebecca was also nominated for the Peter Hall Olivier for Best Director. Future projects include directing Violet, a new opera written by Alice Birch and composed by Tom Coult. After graduating from Goldsmiths in 2009 with a First Class BA/Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts Rebecca went on to train on the Directors Courses at LAMDA. She was the 2012/13 recipient of the National Theatre Studio's Emerging Director Bursary and was the 2015/16 recipient of the acclaimed RTYDS Bursary at Northern Stage.

TOM SCUTT (Scenic & Costume Design). Broadway: King Charles III (Tony, OCC nominations), Constellations (Friedman), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Booth). Designer US: MTV Video Music Awards 2015 (Microsoft Centre) & 2016 (Madison Square Garden), Jesus Christ Superstar (current US tour). Recent UK: A Very Expensive Poison (Old Vic, Critics Circle Best Design, Evening Standard nomination), Fairview (Young Vic). OTHER UK: National Theatre, Old Vic, Almeida, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, RSC, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Akram Khan Co, Hofesh Shechter Co. Creative Director: Christine & The Queens, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Smith, Ben Platt. Director: Berberian Sound Studio (Donmar).

ISABELLA BYRD (Lighting Design). NYTW: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Obie Award). Off-Broadway: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons), Daddy (Vineyard/New Group), Continuity (MTC), Plano (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: Hartford Stage, Westport, The Old Globe, A.C.T. San Francisco, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Upcoming: Almeida (London), Alley Theatre, Signature Theatre. isabellabyrd.design

MIKAAL SULAIMAN (Sound Design).NYTW: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Off-Broadway: Fires in the Mirror, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre); Continuity (Manhattan Theatre Club); Passage, Fairview (Soho Rep); Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theatre); Rags Parkland, Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova); Skittles: The Broadway Musical; Black Artists Retreat by Theaster Gates (Park Avenue Armory). 2019 Henry Hewes Design Award.

MERRICK A.B. WILLIAMS(Stage Manager). NYTW: Othello, An Ordinary Muslim. Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Frankie and Johnny…. New York City Center: Call Me Madam (Encores). Off-Broadway: Sweat - Mobile Unit National, Measure for Measure - Mobile Unit, Gently Down The Stream (The Public); Somebody's Daughter, The Layover, Invisible Thread (Second Stage); Daphne's Dive (Signature). Regional: Seder (Hartford Stage).

CAITLIN SULLIVAN (Remount Director) is a director and theater maker based in New York City. Recent work includes Ole White Sugah Daddy (Obehi Janice), Panopticon (Gracie Gardner), Cherie Dre (Sacha Yanow) and Madonna col Bambino (Sarah Einspanier and Deepali Gupta). Caitlin's previous work with New York Theatre Workshop includes serving as the Associate Director on Hundred Days. She is currently developing United States v. Gupta with Deepali Gupta and Ohio with The Bengsons (co-director Anne Kauffman). Caitlin was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Seattle's critically acclaimed Satori Group. She is an alum of The Drama League Directors Project and the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship and a New Georges Affiliate Artist.
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