The Hope Festival - Play Reading: THE BODY

The Hope Festival - Play Reading: THE BODY

Sun. May 21, 2017

Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:30 pm (event ends at 3:00 pm)

Bootleg Theater

Los Angeles, CA


Staged Reading of 2nd Prize HOPE ON STAGE winner, THE BODY by Steve Moulds. Directed by Jeremy Webb. Featuring Chuma Gault and Ella Mead-VanCort. Talk Back with playwright and Hope On Stage team to follow.

Come early and buy lunch at the Food Truck out front 12:30-1:30pm!



While mom is away, Abby and her stepdad Joe spend what promises to be a frustrating week together. Then an unusual crate appears on their doorstep, and they work to unravel the meaning of its contents—a life-sized doll with no face, and an instruction manual with no words. Was this doll sent here to repair their relationship? Or is it a harbinger of a more disturbing truth for Joe?




Hope On Stage
Hope On Stage
I CARRY YOUR HEART, written by Georgette Kelly, is the winner of the the Hope & Optimism Initiative’s “Hope On Stage” playwriting prize project. Running May 19 - June 10


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

"The play has been beautifully cast and skillfully directed by Jessica Hanna, and it is finely acted by the entire cast." - Neal Weaver

LA Observed:
"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 ( 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.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057