Las Vegas Area Artists Unite with Asylum Theatre and Performance From Ukraine

Updated: May 9


The Asylum Theatre proudly welcomes a diverse company of artists to join their international collaboration with the ProEnglish Theatre of Ukraine to honor those who are forced to seek refuge from war and oppression. Either a virtual or filmed performance by the ProEnglish Theatre from their wartime Art Shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine (depending on security conditions) will be broadcast. The poetic and inspiring event, ASYLUM: Reflections On Refuge, will be held at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center on June 4.


When the shelling began, ProEnglish transformed their small, independent space into a shelter that offers relief to Ukrainians by day while still creating works of art under bombardment.


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has placed the ongoing global refugee crisis front and center. This event will help the Clark County community to come together to celebrate its asylum seekers and their decedents and to understand the challenges people face when confronting political violence and oppression. The evening of music, poetry, theatre, dance, and film includes work by Asylum Theatre’s resident playwright Gigi Guizado, Ballet 120, the Nevada Chamber Orchestra, and filmmakers from the UNLV College of Fine Arts, soprano Heather Klein, and Dulce Valencia of DREAM Big Nevada among others. The Asylum Theatre’s artistic director, Sarah O’Connell, is the creative producer for this event.


“Art transcends boundaries and reaches into war zones. Artists who work together cannot be stopped and Theatre artists know they are the first and last defense of free choice and individual dignity. Like members of our local asylum-seeking community, our colleagues with the ProEnglish Theatre have shown us what it means to give all for these values. We stand with Ukraine and refugees from conflicts across the globe in their quest for compassion and peace,” she says. “We want to thank Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom both for his office’s sponsorship of this event, and as a champion of local arts organizations and the creative workforce that makes it possible.”


The event will promote donations to area newcomer services as well as support for international relief organizations, including direct aid to the wartime Art Shelter run by the ProEnglish Theatre in Kyiv, Ukraine.


The Asylum Theatre was founded in 1997 as a haven for the development of new ideas and emerging artists in Southern Nevada where it serves as a home for partners, both nationally and internationally, introducing audiences to new work and artists to each other.


ASYLUM: Reflections On Refuge, will take place at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, on Saturday, June 4. The event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more info, visit asylumtheatre.org and its Facebook page.


Thank you to Clark County Commissioner (District E) Tick Segerblom for his office’s sponsorship of this event as a champion of local arts organizations and the creative workforce that makes it possible.


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