Video: Emilie Maureen Hanson, Junior Nyong'o, and Josh Kenji on Seattle Rep's SANCTUARY CITY

On stage through March 31, 2024.

By: Mar. 05, 2024
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Learn about Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City from actors Emilie Maureen Hanson, Junior Nyong’o, and Josh Kenji in a brand-new interview. Together, they discuss immigration as a “lived experience,” the cost of friendship, and what they hope audiences will take away from Sanctuary City at Seattle Rep.

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. 

Seattle Rep puts theater at the heart of public life. Founded in 1963 and winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Seattle Rep is currently led by Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. Over a season and throughout the year, Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Rep’s nationally recognized programs include the New Play Program, Seattle Rep’s Public Works, Youth Engagement programs, Pay What You Choose ticketing options, and numerous audience enrichment and engagement opportunities including post-play panels, discussions, and community events and presentations.




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