Benefits and Production

A total of $16,000 in prizes was awarded to the authors of the winning plays. The grand prize winner was mounted at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, and at the Bootleg Theater in L.A. Second, third, and fourth place plays received staged readings.

The premiere occured on April 27-29, 2017, during the Nature and Norms of Hope Conference in Ithaca, NY. After the premiere, there was 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.