Martyna Majok
Martyna Majok

2019 Finalist

Sanctuary City

Synopsis: A Cubist play about love(rs) and Dreamers, set in pre-DACA America. A recently-naturalized teenager plans to marry her undocumented best friend so he can stay in the country, stirring dangers and desires that threaten their life-long bond.

Cast Breakdown: 2 M, 1 W

Set/Costume Requirements: A bare stage. With perhaps a surprise. While the play is still in development, I believe it’s possible to perform it with nothing but actors onstage – and two small, specific props in Part One. Part Two can be manifested “realistically” with a full set to look like a small apartment in Newark, NJ – or not. Contemporary dress.


Agent:  Olivier Sultan

Bio: Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in NJ and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club). Other plays include Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop), Queens (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), and Ironbound (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, WP Theater/Rattlestick Playwright Theater, Geffen Playhouse, National Theatre of Warsaw, among others). Awards include The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play, The Greenfield Prize (first female recipient in drama), Champions of Change Award from the NYC Mayor’s Office, 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 Prize, David Calicchio Prize, Global Age Project Prize, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, NNPN Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, and Merage Foundation Fellowship for The American Dream. MFA: Yale School of Drama, Juilliard; BA: University of Chicago. Alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood and WP Lab. Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center, NYTW Usual Suspect, and member of The Dramatists Guild and The Writers Guild of America East. Current theatre commissions include The Public Theater, Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, and The Bush Theatre in London. TV/film projects include HBO, Focus Features/Maven Pictures, and Apple TV. Martyna was the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center and is a 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.