Winner of the Audience Award and Runner Up for Best Play at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (New York City)!

"Asylum is now a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas , a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Asylum must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law."

Based on a true story of a young woman who fled Uganda to escape an honor killing at the hands of her father, Asylum is a vivid display of courage and an unyielding will to live. Philadelphia was at the heart of this production from the very beginning (the cast and crew from the world premier were all from the Philly region), and it's fitting that we strive to bring it to our home city---the city of Brotherly Love--one that is known for having passionate people who stand up for what's right whether it's easy to do so or not.

Asylum is an award-winning play (NYC 2012 Downtown Urban Theater Festival) that is about human rights, gay rights and women’s rights. It is more than entertainment. It is bigger than theatre. It is about the courage to fight one’s right to dignity. Asylum is about the most primal and deepest human need of all: LOVE. Though the story delves into hard scenes of religious intolerance and violence against women, it still manages to capture the power of faith, the force of will and the audacity of hope. Asylum has a raw honesty that’s not only unique to the story, but extremely relevant for our time.

Please help us bring it to a stage in Philadelphia where we can also have it filmed professionally and distributed worldwide.


  • Rent for audition space
  • Rent for rehearsal space
  • Rent for performance space
  • Accident insurance for cast and crew, and venues rented
  • Lighting, sound and other technical designs
  • Set building materials and construction
  • Set design and props
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Cast and crew salaries

    Administrative (script copies, office supplies, ticketing and legal and accounting services) Your help will afford us the opportunity to tell an incredible story about the destruction and persistence of love. Please donate today. Your contribution will be TAX DEDUCTIBLE and be greatly appreciated by all involved with the production. If you are unable to donate funds please SPREAD THE WORD by sending this link to this campaign to your family, friends and colleagues who may be able to contribute.

    THANK YOU!!!!


    Cheril N. Clarke is the author of five novels, two plays, numerous short stories and two children’s books. Her first play Intimate Chaos was produced multiple times and was translated to Spanish for a production in Puerto Rico. The Spanish production, Caos Ìntimo, was nominated for Best Play in the 6th annual festival del Tercer Amor. Clarke’s most recent play Asylum was a featured production of the 2012 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City where it took home the Audience Award and was runner up for Best Play. As of summer 2014, Clarke was been named the young ambassador for the Philadelphia region of the Dramatists Guild of America.

    She has been featured on NPR, WPEB 88.1FM Philadelphia,, in Curve Magazine (the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine), The Princeton Packet,Philadelphia Gay News, Out IN Jersey, Burlington County Times, Philadelphia Business Journal, as well as Crain's New York Business newspaper. Her opinion columns have been featured by the National Black Justice Coalition and her editorial and blog postings have been featured by the Human Rights Campaign. She resides in southern New Jersey with her wife, Monica Bey-Clarke, who is also her business partner for My Family!, a retail and publishing company geared toward LGBT-headed families. Their pioneer title, Keesha and Her Two Moms Go Swimming, was recently noted on

    Never Give Up, Always Persevere

    *This campaign is one part of a multi-faceted fundraising campaign. If it does not reach its goal the project will still happen. We have contingency plans to pair down in the event we have less funds to work with. If we surpass our goal, we will add more show dates. Our current goal is 6 performances in Center City, Philadelphia.