ASYLUM: Reflections on Refuge

The Asylum Theatre is honored to present ‘ASYLUM’, an international partnership with Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, the ProEnglish Theatre in Kyiv, and local artists in support of Ukraine and diverse members of Southern Nevada’s community who have sought refuge from war and oppression. The poetic and inspiring event, ASYLUM, will take place on Saturday, 4th June, 2022 at 7 PM at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, and include either a virtual or filmed performance by the ProEnglish Theatre from their wartime Art Shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine (depending on security conditions).Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has placed the ongoing global refugee crisis front and center. This event will help the Clark County community to come together to celebrate cultural diversity Southern Nevada’s asylum seekers and their decedents, and to gain awareness about the challenges people face when confronting political violence and oppression. When the shelling began, ProEnglish Theatre transformed their small, independent space into a shelter that offers relief to Ukrainians by day while still creating works of art under bombardment. Visit www.asylumtheatre.org for tickets

Art transcends boundaries and reaches into war zones. Artists who work together cannot be stopped, and The Asylum Theatre considers our role as a haven for the creative expression of the human condition as part of a sacred duty to both our democracy, and the artform of Theatre. Theatre artists know they are the first and last defense of free choice and individual dignity. Like other members of our immigrant community, Alex Borovenskiy, Anabell Ramirez, and colleagues of the ProEnglish Theatre are artists who have shown us what it means to give all to these values. We stand with Ukraine and refugees from conflicts across the globe in their quest for compassion and peace.

Sarah O’Connell, Artistic Director

The event is produced and directed by Sarah O’Connell, and will promote donations to area immigrant services as well as support for international relief organizations; including direct aid to the wartime Art Shelter run by the ProEnglish Theatre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Asylum Theatre was founded in 1997 as a haven for the development of new ideas and emerging artists in Southern Nevada where it serves as a home for partners, both nationally and internationally, introducing audiences to new work and artists to each other.

**** We are still adding collaborators to this event. For questions contact director@asylumtheatre.org ASAP.

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