City of Asylum

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File under: censorship, revolution of words, and lights in the darkness  

A story of struggle, resilience, transcendence, and hope.  The City of Asylum movement provides sanctuary to writers in danger of persecution or death in their home countries. This newly devised play gives voice to the work exiled artists from China, El Salvador, Burma, and Venezuela.  

If you like The Gammage Project, you'll love City of Asylum. 

For more information on the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh project, visit their website at


In its 90-minute continuous run time, City of Asylum brings to the stage a stirring collage of material cobbled together from interviews, videos, online journals, poem, and other works of the authors that have been supported by the City of Asylum program operating here in Pittsburgh. Read the full review »

The energetic student cast, directed by playwright and Pitt faculty member Cynthia Croot, are not for the most part close physical matches for the four writers, and, probably wisely, they don’t attempt impersonations. Read the full review »