Los Angeles Play Production

Hope on Stage and Bootleg Theater present:

I Carry Your Heart

A play by Georgette Kelly and directed by Jessica Hanna
May 19 - June 10, 2017

The Play

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim.  When her mother unexpectedly dies Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal.  Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive an early morning phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess – good news, but news that has come far sooner than they were prepared for.  As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation – and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.   

Opening night of the performance was dedicated to the late Professor Marilyn McCord Adams, whose work as a philosopher, theologian, priest, and activist on behalf of LGBTQ people in the L.A. area, especially during the AIDS crisis, inspired countless others.

Creative Team


Michael Bates, Joanna Bronson, Christine Dunford*, Elizabeth Liang*, Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott and Elayn J. Taylor*

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

Scenic Design: Sibyl Wickersheimer 
Costume Design: Ann Closs-Farley & Alyssa Gonzalez 
Lighting Design: Brandon Baruch 
Sound Design: John Zalewski 
Stage Manager: Jeanne Valleroy
Production Manager: Susan K. Coulter
Assistant Director: Nicky Davis
PR: Demand PR 
Casting Director: Raul Clayton Staggs
Producers: Jessica Hanna & Cece Tio 
Executive Producer: Andrew Chignell and Hope on Stage

The Festival

The Hope Festival was a three-day capstone event (May 19-21, 2017) celebrating the Hope & Optimism Project.

More on the play and the entire Hope Festival at Broadway World.