‘Sanctuary City’ Tackles Tough Issues 

Jocelyn Zamudio and Grant Kennedy Lewis play Newark, New Jersey teenagers in the play “Sanctuary City,” now playing at the Steppenwolf Theatre. / Photos: Michael Brosilow

Playwright and Pulitzer Prize-winner Martyna Majok’s “Sanctuary City” has hit Chicago at the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Directed by Steph Paul, this play takes place in Newark, NJ, following the September 11th attacks and tells stories of immigration, fear, love, loss and growth.

With both main characters, B (Grant Kennedy Lewis) and G (Jocelyn Zamudio), being brought to America as children, their future as recognized citizens hangs in the balance. Their friendship starts off strong but eventually drifts apart due to external circumstances.

The play also addresses issues such as domestic violence and deportation.

In addition to this play telling a serious and important story of how many people in America live, the Steppenwolf has partnered with Community Care Collective in aiding to provide food for migrants in Chicago.

If you’re interested in seeing this moving and emotional play, it can be seen at the Steppenwolf until November 18. Ticket prices start at $20 and are $15 for teens through the Teen Arts Pass as well as college students.

If you have the chance, definitely go see this play. The acting was phenomenal and the story was an important one. Check out the trailer below.


By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Columbia College Chicago

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