Sanctuary City


By Martyna Majok
Directed by Rebecca Frecknall

2019/20 Season

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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 production.

Sanctuary City is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.


Martyna Majok / Playwright

MARTYNA MAJOK 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

Rebecca is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre, where she will direct The Duchess of Malfi this winter. In April of 2019, she opened a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters to critical and popular acclaim. She also recently 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.