Cast Announced for the Los Angeles Premiere of SANCTUARY CITY at the Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena Playhouse will present the Los Angeles premiere of Sanctuary City by Pulitzer Prize-winner Martyna Majok (Cost of Living). Activities are scheduled from September 14 to October 9; The screening opens Sunday, September 18. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $35 at pasadenaplayhouse.org.

The production stars Ana Nicolle Chavez (Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told) as “G,” and Miles Fowler (HBO’s Winning Time) as “B.” The production will be directed by Zi Alikahn, with scenic design by Chika Shimizu and lighting design by Solomon Weisbard.

Sanctuary City is the haunting and unforgettable story of two long-time friends, their determination to stay in America, and endure all that comes their way emotionally and emotionally. Deeply human and universal, it asks the question: how much do we owe to others?

The recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Theater Development Grant, Sanctuary City “creates a contemporary drama that contains enigmatic characters, powerful climbing, powerful arguments, relevant themes , and a sense of humility and compassion.” (amNY). In addition to the Los Angeles premiere of Sanctuary City, Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living will open on Broadway this fall.

Ana Nicolle Chavez

Ana Nicolle Chavez, an actress born and raised in Arizona, is a graduate of the State University of New York, Purchase College Acting Conservatory (BFA 2021). Television credits: Season 3 character arc on Truth Be Told on Apple TV+. Movie: Forgotten Lovers.

Miles Fowler

Miles Fowler can be seen in MGM’s Orion Picture Bottoms directed by Emma Seligman. Her past credits include HBO’s Winning Time, Fox’s The Resident, and the ABC Limited Series Women of the Movement. Miles studied at USC, where he received a BA in Dramatic Arts. Miles Fowler is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in Jersey and Chicago. He received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Cost of Living. Other games include Sanctuary City, Queens, and Ironbound, which take place between American and international levels. Awards include The Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin Hadley Danks Award for Exceptional Playwriting, The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play, The Greenfield Prize, as the first woman to win the play, The Champions of Change Award from the NYC Mayor’s office, The Francesca Primus Prize, two Jane Chambers Playwriting Awards, The Lanford Wilson Prize, The Lilly Award’s Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play from The Helen Hayes Awards, Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, ANPF Women’s Invitational Award, David Calicchio Prize, Global Age Project Prize, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, NNPN Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, and Merage Foundation Fellowship for The American Dream.

Martyna has studied at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, University of Chicago, and Jersey Public Schools. He was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence, the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and a 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Martyna is currently writing a musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, with lyrics by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett, and developing TV and film for HBO, Plan B, and Pastel.

Zi Alikhan (he/she) is a film director in the Muslim tradition. Directing: That Day in Amsterdam (Primary Stage), Snow in Midsummer (Classic Stage Company), The Great Leap (Portland Center Stage), Manik Choksi’s The Ramayan (currently being developed at Ars Nova), Ragtime (Playmakers Repertory Company). Upcoming: Somewhere at Geva Theatre, A Good Country Boy at Olney Theater Center, and a rental at Paper Mill Theatre. Zi was named one of TCG’s Directors of Color in 2021, and is excited to return to Pasadena Playhouse, where he was an SDC Observer in 2012.

The Pasadena Playhouse has been a place where people have gathered for 100 years to see bold and serious theater. It is one of the greatest theaters in American history with a legacy of profound drama and bold innovation. In 1937, the Theater was recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to theater. Today it continues that tradition of excellence under the leadership of founding artistic director Danny Feldman. Dedicated to enriching lives through theater, community programs and education, Pasadena Playhouse is a living entity in the community.

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