Benefits and Production

A total of $16,000 in prizes was awarded to the authors of the winning plays. The grand prize winner will be mounted at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, and at the Bootleg Theater in L.A. The winning playwright will be flown to Ithaca (round trip from some other North American city) for the premiere and talk-back session. Second, third, and fourth place plays will receive staged readings.

The premiere will occur on April 27-29, 2017, during the Nature and Norms of Hope Conference in Ithaca, NY. After the premiere, there will be an audience talk-back session with the playwright, the director, and the Hope and Optimism project directors, followed by a reception for cast, crew, and audience. Members of the press will be invited.

Video footage of the production as well as portions of the script will be featured on this website. The author will retain all copyrights and options for subsequent production.