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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.