Stories of struggle, resilience, and hope: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh provides sanctuary to writers in danger of persecution or death in their home countries. We have been in operation since 2004. In addition to hosting and supporting exiled writers, COA/P also engages creatively with the community.

Cynthia Croot – a writer, director, and humanitarian activist on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh’s theater department – has made a unique response to this effort: she has devised a new play, City of Asylum, which gives voice to the work of COA/P’s exiled writers-in-residence, past and present – Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Huang Xiang (China), Khet Mar (Burma), and Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador).

Preview night is April 4, and the run of shows begins April 5. There will be a number of community-driven artist talkbacks after performances. Check www.play.pitt.edu for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

Croot represented U.S. artists on a five-person delegation to Damascus University, Syria in 2004. This exchange, originally organized by the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and the U.S. State Department, helped shape her ongoing commitment to forging cross-cultural understanding through innovative use of the arts and media.

WHAT: City of Asylum, Conceived and Directed by Cynthia Croot
WHERE: Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4200 Fifth Ave
WHEN: April 4, 2012 – April 14, 2012
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday Matinees at 2PM
ASL Interpreted Performance Saturday, April 6 at 8PM

TICKETS: Call 412-624-PLAY or visit www.play.pitt.edu

The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts offers BA, MA, MFA and PhD degrees in Theatre Arts. All faculty members are active in teaching, research, and artistic projects. For more information about the University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, please visit www.play.pitt.edu.

Founded in 2004, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh fosters freedom of expression, social justice and community development through our writer residencies, publications, and literary programs. From our home on Pittsburgh’s Northside, City of Asylum’s programs and activities impact people on our street, in our city, and around the world. We publish Sampsonia Way magazine: the online journal of free speech, literature and justice, it is the only independent international newsroom in the mid-Atlantic region, and serves a growing global community online. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is a model for arts-based community development, bringing writers, readers and neighbors together through literature and cultural exchange.






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