Winner of the Audience Award and Runner Up for Best Play at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (New York City)!
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Based on a true story of a young woman who fled Uganda to escape an honor killing at the hands of her father, Asylum is a vivid display of courage and an unyielding will to live. Philadelphia was at the heart of this production from the very beginning (the cast and crew from the world premier were all from the Philly region), and it's fitting that we strive to bring it to our home city---the city of Brotherly Love--one that is known for having passionate people who stand up for what's right whether it's easy to do so or not.
Asylum is an award-winning play (NYC 2012 Downtown Urban Theater Festival) that is about human rights, gay rights and women’s rights. It is more than entertainment. It is bigger than theatre. It is about the courage to fight one’s right to dignity. Asylum is about the most primal and deepest human need of all: LOVE. Though the story delves into hard scenes of religious intolerance and violence against women, it still manages to capture the power of faith, the force of will and the audacity of hope. Asylum has a raw honesty that’s not only unique to the story, but extremely relevant for our time.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT, CHERIL N. CLARKE
Cheril N. Clarke is the author of five novels, two plays, numerous short stories and two children’s books. Her first play Intimate Chaos was produced multiple times and was translated to Spanish for a production in Puerto Rico. The Spanish production, Caos Ìntimo, was nominated for Best Play in the 6th annual festival del Tercer Amor. Clarke’s most recent play Asylum was a featured production of the 2012 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City where it took home the Audience Award and was runner up for Best Play. In the summer 2014, Clarke was been named the young ambassador for the Philadelphia region of the Dramatists Guild of America. In 2015, Asylum enjoyed another successful run in it's Phiadelphia premier.
She has been featured on NPR, WPEB 88.1FM Philadelphia, About.com, in Curve Magazine (the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine), The Princeton Packet,Philadelphia Gay News, Out IN Jersey, Burlington County Times, Philadelphia Business Journal, Phillyburbs.com as well as Crain's New York Business newspaper. Her opinion columns have been featured by the National Black Justice Coalition and her editorial and blog postings have been featured by the Human Rights Campaign. She resides in southern New Jersey with her wife, Monica Bey-Clarke, who is also her business partner for My Family!, a retail and publishing company geared toward LGBT-headed families. Their pioneer title, Keesha and Her Two Moms Go Swimming, was recently noted on Parents.com.
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