City of Asylum

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Written by:

Cynthia Croot

Directed by:

Cynthia Croot


Wednesday, April 4, 2012 to Saturday, April 14, 2012

Show Times:

Tuesday through Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM


Charity Randall Theatre

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh provides sanctuary to writers in danger of persecution or death in their home countries. They 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 that stories of struggle, resilience, and hope: City of Asylum, 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).

To view PRODUCTION PHOTOS, please click on the poster below.


The show about threatened writers aims at hearts, minds and all the senses.
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.
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.