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Finding Refuge in Seattle Rep’s Sanctuary City

“I’m from here. Even though I was born in… I’m from here.”

What does it mean to be American? Millions are denied the coveted classification of citizenship, cast to the margins of the United States for the simple, arbitrary distinction of being born elsewhere. Seattle Rep’s production of acclaimed playwright Martyna Majok’s latest offering Sanctuary City invites us into a world many choose to look away from, asking us to feel alongside two people who are American in everything but paperwork. It’s a rousingly compassionate, complex, and utterly brilliant production, one that shines a light on the American imagination’s greatest blind spot. 


Not / Our Town: New or Old Play?

Most people probably know Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, winner of a Pulitzer, a Tony, and a Drama Desk award. With thousands of productions from high school theatre to Broadway, it even has a street in New Hampshire dedicated to it. If you don’t know it, don’t worry, you can still watch Pony World Theatre’s production without a hitch, as it sets up its audience with a summary of the original Our Town before diving into their rendition. Wilder’s play takes place in the small town of New Hampshire, Grover’s Corners, where nothing really happens in the relative peacefulness of the early 1900s. As such, the play is about community and small towns and appreciating even the uneventful in life.

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