The Hope Festival - Speaker: Sabra Williams & Prison Project
Sat. May 20, 2017
Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 3:30 pm (event ends at 4:45 pm)
Los Angeles, CA
SABRA WILLIAMS & PRISON PROJECT - Actor and Activist, Sabra Williams, oversees The Actors’ Gang’s Prison Project, which conducts weekly and seven-day intensive programs inside the California prison system, a weekly re-entry program in the community, as well as a program in juvenile facilities, and soon a program designed for correctional officers.
LA WEEKLY GO!! "Deeply felt performances by a flawless ensemble together with the painterly chiaroscuro of lighting designer Brandon Baruch and a transcendently window-rattling, low-frequency score by sound designer John Zalewski all up the ante. But it is director Jessica Hanna’s fine compositional eye and the crispness of her seamless staging that deftly avoids the material’s melodramatic tug while delivering its intellectual lesson with a persuasive and almost operatic appeal." - Bill Raden
STAGE RAW RECOMMENDED!!
"The play has been beautifully cast and skillfully directed by Jessica Hanna, and it is finely acted by the entire cast." - Neal Weaver
"Skillfully staged by Jessica Hanna on an unusual circular set by Sibyl Wickersheimer, it's an intriguing and gently moving story." - Don Shirley
The Hope and Optimism Project (www.hopeoptimism.com) is a $5 million, four-year initiative at Notre Dame, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project funds research into the theoretical empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states. Directed by two philosophy professors, Andrew Chignell (Cornell and University of Penn) and Sam Newlands (Notre Dame), the project also created the “Hope on Stage” playwriting prize that in addition to a cash prize to the winner, also funds a rolling premiere of the winning play in Ithaca, NY (which performs April 28-30) and in Los Angeles, CA (May 19 - June 10). Georgette Kelly’s I CARRY YOUR HEART was chosen as the winner from almost 800 blind submissions by a panel of professional theater makers and academics. In addition to the first prize, “Hope on Stage” awarded three runner-up prizes.
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