A Sanctuary City Is Ground Floor for Compassion
Andrea Nuñez directs Martyna Majok’s theatrework for GFT
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
7:17PM, Fri. Jun. 2, 2023
Our fraught metropolis of Austin may not be a sanctuary city – especially not if Texas’ increasingly dystopia-adjacent state legislature has its way, right? – but right now there is a Sanctuary City within it.
This weekend is your final chance to see the Ground Floor Theatre presentation of Martyna Majok's powerful depiction of two young DREAMers who fight to stay in America, the only country they know as home.
[Note: The show’s last staging is Sat., June 3, 8pm.]
And what led Ground Floor Theatre to choose this play for their longtime stage?
“It’s a well-written, thought-provoking piece that is timely and deals with family, relationships, love, and loss,” says GFT Co-Artistic Director Lisa Scheps, “as seen through the lens of a broken immigration system after 9/11. And Martyna Majok, who won a Pulitzer for her Cost of Living, just took home an Obie for playwrighting for this one. It’s a show that fits squarely within Ground Floor’s mission of focusing on underrepresented communities.”
The story’s action takes place in Newark, New Jersey, during the early 2000s when the DREAM Act was proposed and young immigrants hoped it might be a resolution to their uncertain status. The action also takes place, of course, in Scheps’ acclaimed Eastside theatre at 979 Springdale, where the compelling drama is directed by Andrea Nuñez and features performances by Arielle Levin, Michael Galvan, and Kristian Bexar.
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