The Sanctuary Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1984 in the old sanctuary of Calvary United Methodist Church. As proud members of the newly formed League of Washington Theatres, we produced a wide variety of shows, from our inaugural production, Jesse and the Bandit Queen by David Freeman, to internationally significant plays such as Ti-Jean and his Brothers by Derek Walcott, Fanshen by David Hare, and The Tree Climber by Egyptian playwright Tawfiq al Hakim. We left that space in 1989, but the space still carries our name.
We have always specialized in producing culturally significant, yet under-recognized plays and playwrights from around the world. We have also worked with theatre artists developing new works. Since those first, vibrant six years, which earned The Sanctuary a national reputation, we have scaled down our activities, producing the occasional show.
In 2007, we returned to Washington’s theatre scene with our popular Capital Fringe production of The Fate of a Cockroach, another script by al Hakim. We followed that with a revival of Bag Lady in 2009.
Then, with the initiation of The Performing Knowledge Project: where performance and education meet, we officially reintroduced ourselves to Washington. Our world première production of Embodying Poe we introduced DC to our interdisciplinary Poetry in Performance pieces.
Our stride will be shorter than it used to be during our heyday, but it still promises many surprises and challenges, for both us and audiences alike. For more information on our new work go to performingknowledge.org.