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News New Solo Play Examines the Impact of War on Women Sanctuary, a new solo play written and performed by stage and screen actress Susanne Sulby, examines the impact of war on women over time. The show draws from real-life emails from soldiers in Iraq and incorporates TV news footage and WWI poetry.

Helmed by veteran director Stephen Stahl, the one-woman show officially opened Off-Broadway Jan. 7 at the Lion Theatre. Performances began Jan. 3 and continue through Jan. 23.

Sulby was inspired to write the piece following the Serbo-Croatian conflict of the 1990's and 9/11; through her relationship with the tragedies as she watched the news on television. "The heart-felt stories made her question her own various roles as a woman in these conflicts – as the observer, victim, mother and wife," state press notes. "She watched, from the comfort of her Pennsylvania home, a passive participant, as its horrors unfolded."

"I was compelled to watch but struggled to understand the bleak absurdity of this slaughter. Although I was mesmerized by the news coverage, I initially felt impotent to respond. I searched so I could find my own path to sanctuary, simply put action, however small," comments Sulby in a statement.

Watch an interview between Sulby and and director Stahl below:

Sanctuary features scenic design by Peter Tupitza, costume design by Heather Stanley, light design by Ryan J. O'Gara, sound design by Howard Fredrics and projection design by Olivia Sebesky.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (212) 239-6200.

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