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"I have a very specific idea of what I want from the theatre. I want to hear the new American voices."

- Maggie Winn-Jones, Founding Artistic Director



Maggie Winn-Jones formed The Asylum in 1997 to collaborate with artists both nationally and internationally, producing fully-mounted productions and staged readings. Working with her director husband, Davey Marlin-Jones and playwright Julie Jensen, the company gained a reputation as a serious partner for contemporary playwrights. Sarah O'Connell was invited to join The Asylum as Artistic Director in 2003 after she moved to Las Vegas from San Francisco where she worked at American Conservatory Theatre, among other companies.


We remain committed to facilitating interactions between the audience, the artists, and the public leading collaborative partnerships and creating opportunities for members of our creative community as one of the longest-running independent theatre companies in the region.

The Asylum Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  

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Maggie Winn-Jones and Sarah O'Connell in 2004.


The Asylum Theatre is a partner for those who make theatre to introduce new plays to audiences, and artists to each other. Whether through a fresh piece of writing or an innovative approach, our artists are dedicated to quality, diversity, and ingenuity in our collaborations.



The Asylum Theatre believes that art belongs to everyone. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive community that celebrates, values, and advances diversity. The more diverse the voices and perspectives in and around our work, the more empowering and democratizing the arts become as a tool to inspire individuals, unite communities, and nourish the human experience.

Las Vegas is situated on the traditional homelands of the Nuwuvi, Southern Paiute People. We offer gratitude for the land itself, for those who have stewarded it and our local culture for generations, and for the opportunity to be in creative community with this land.


Evan Guilford-Blake
True Magic, Caliban Dancing, Mid-century Blues
Charles Kray
A Thing of Beauty
George Crowe
Separate Beds
John Lisbon Wood
Yahuti’s Harmonica
Patrick Desmond
Jazzy and the Morning Dove’s Song
The Next to Last Bow
Jenet L. Dechary
The Last John Doe
Erik Ramsey
The Bear Went Over
Jenny Laird
Ballad Hunter
Brett Neveu
The Last Barbeque
Donald Lewis
Quiet Light, Fire Water
Constance Devereaux
The Frame, Avacado Season
Ken Tesoriere
Lena’s Secret Garden
Walter Wykes
Fading Joy, The Profession, The Salmon Tribunal
Chris Mann
Finding a Contemporary God, Drinks at Griffey’s
Doug Hill
A Broomstick in the Sea
Dale Andersen
A Better Place

Chris Van Strander
Terrible Infant
Andrea Stolowitz

May May Luong

Little Sister

S.P. Miskowski
Boom City
Rich Orloff
Companion Pieces

Chatting with the Tea Party
Davey Marlin-Jones
Lies in the Looking Glass
Judith Drake
Family Fun
Stephen J. Meyer
Not His Story
Margaret Lewis
Charms for Protection
William Borden
Food for Love
William Missouri Downs
Dead White Males, Innocent Thoughts
Mark Steven Jensen
The Atomic Bull
Liz Amberly
Whisper Down the Lane
Julie Jensen
The Las Vegas Series, WAIT!
Will Matthews
9 Second Window
Nick Zagone
Never Say Denver Again
Shawn Overton
Fibonacci Ascending

Raymond Hull & Mike Corda
The Damsel, the Devil & Demon Rum​

Timothy Braun
Michael E. Wolfson
J. Zakki

Bret Fetzer
Planet Janet​

Adam Szymkowicz

Wayne Rawley
Camp Lake Sunny Lake
Erica Griffin
The Sungazers
SJ Hodges
The Bourgie Willy B

Keri Healy

Cherry, Cherry, Lemon

Dan Hirsch


Thomas J. Misuraca


The E-book of Love

Object of Affection

Jeffrey Fischer-Smith

A Dog Dreams

Paul Atreides


Donna Hoke

Life Lines

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich

Sick of It

Daniel Guyton

Dead Giveaway

Elizabeth Coplan

The Grief Dialogues

Hospice: a Love Story

Mark Harvey Levine


Roudi Boroumand

The Viennese Elephant

Monica Moses


Rafael Guizado trans. Gigi Guizado



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