The Sanctuary

Institute History

  • 1993 Playwrights Lab


Little Man is a ten-year old African-American kid who learns that the father who abandoned him as a boy was killed in a bar fight helping a friend. Little Man imagines that his father is a hero and uses this information to impress his friends and to persuade them to let him join their gang.

His friends, Tico and Amon, tell him he’s got to pass the initiation: retrieve a piece of junk from an altar built by “Crazy” Lucy Johnson. Lucy Johnson calls this altar her sanctuary; a place where souls can rest in peace. And when Little Man gets caught by the old woman he learns that the sanctuary and Lucy provide that and more.


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