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A City of Refuge

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In this intense, new drama from Primitive Grace Ensemble, a priest and a small group of parishioners barricade themselves in a church to escape the chaos following a police shooting in 1992 Washington Heights. More…

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July 4th weekend, 1992. In a mid-summer heatwave, a police shooting on the streets of Washington Heights leaves an unarmed man dead and the neighborhood ablaze. Amid the unrest, a local priest barricades himself inside his soon to be shuttered church, welcoming a small group of parishioners taking shelter from the chaos. Tasked with staying alive together, they wait for the mayhem just beyond their door to pass. In the meantime, these unlikely confederates must face a host of tensions, suspicions, and secrets, to survive the reckoning at hand.

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December 17th, 2019
"The story itself has potential, yet in spite of the actors' heroic attempts to bring truth to it, the script has its characters written to say and do so many unrealistic things that the core authenticity of what's unfolding can't be upheld."
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