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Seeking Asylum by Mari Kornhauser




Co-produced by Art Klub and reese johanson (collective)

Directed by: Reese Johanson
Starring Shameka Grey and Lisa Moraschi Shattuck
Lighting Design by Phil Stalcup
Costumes by Dana Marie Embree
Set and sound design by DopeFuxxx

Mari Kornhauser is an artist in residence at Art Klub during the months of December 2018 through February 2019 with intention to work on and present a work-in-progress showing of her new one-act play, "Seeking Asylum".

Doors and pre-show: 7:30pm
Showtime: 8pm
Q & A and Discussions with artists after each performance
(Running time: 1 hour)
$12 in advanced, $18 at the door
(Tickets will go on sale Jan 7th)


“Seeking Asylum” is a one-act, two character, audience interactive play that takes place in the future world of 2040, based on early 20th Century Immigration polices, but explores the issue of seeking asylum in today’s United States.'

The place: a point of entry for the nation of Texas at the Louisiana nation's border.

Seeking Asylum” is a think piece to stir people out of complacency into empathy and a call to action such as phoning your congressional representatives, volunteering in any humanitarian cause or by doing something where your heart leads you as what happens to one person can also happen to you. It is also the first of a trilogy of one-act future world plays about climate change and immigration.
— Mari Kornhauser

Sponsored by Abita Beer and Old New Orleans Rum



Mari Kornhauser is an award winning writer/director with three feature films produced and distributed. She has worked on assignment for various studios such as Sony and 20th Century Fox and sold a reality pilot to A & E. She also writes for television, her most recent produced credits are for HBO’s Peabody award winning show TREME, created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. One of her episodes, “Slip Away” was a Pen Finalist. Recently, she wrote her first three-act play, “Renovation”, which was work-shopped and produced by ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans. Currently, she has finished an audience interactive one-act play, “Seeking Asylum”, created a web-series (the pilot is in post production) and is developing a one-hour television series. In addition, she is a tenured Full Professor at Louisiana State University where she teaches film and television writing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She lives in New Orleans.


Shameka Gray

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Shameka Gray is an Actress born and raised in New Orleans. She studied theater at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and later received her BFA in acting and producing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Her recent projects include AlienatedAlways on My Mind and Murderous Affairs. Shameka is currently the President of the Women in Film and Television Louisiana Chapter and has been on the Board since 2016.

Lisa Moraschi Shattuck

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Lisa Moraschi Shattuck is a theater artist from New Orleans. Locally, she performs with Mondo Bizarro, NEW NOISE, Vagabond Inventions, Southern Repertory Theatre, and was a 10-year ensemble member of the award-winning ArtSpot Productions. Nationally she has performed in CRY YOU ONE and SEA OF COMMON CATASTROPHE both funded by Creative Capital and New England Foundation for the Arts. She was honored to be the 2015 alternate for the TCG Fox Actor Fellowship and a 2013 Network of Ensemble Theater's fellow. In 2019 she is looking forward to playing Emelda in A KINGDOM, A CHASM with Vagabond Inventions, and roles with San Francisco’s StoryWorks and Phoenix’s Childsplay. She is grateful to work with the SEEKING ASYLUM team.

Director: Reese Johanson


Reese Johanson, is a producer, choreographer, performing artist, writer and director whose experience in theater and stage production spans 30 years.  She is also the founder and executive director of Art Klub NOLA Inc., a New Orleans based arts non-profit organization.