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    HOPE

    “Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way...

    HOPE

    An original one-woman show by Hope Salas

     New York City, NY, United States
    ABOUT THE PROJECT:
    I am currently writing and producing my semi-autobiographical one-woman show eponymously titled, HOPE directed and choreographed by Allison Plamondon.  I will be mounting and performing this show, which is slated for a (3) week run, Off-Broadway Spring 2018.
     
    HOPE was recently accepted into the United Solo Theater Festival.  This show will be performed on Theater Row, November 13, 2017. Learn more about this festival production by visiting http://unitedsolo.org/us/hope-2017.
     
    HOPE tells the story of Rose, a prostitute from the 1950’s, Alice a wife and mother, and Hope, the storyteller connecting these unlikely heroines; each of these women carving a path for the other to ultimately stand on their own.  In telling these particular stories at this particular time, there is healing.  And in their healing, you will see these women are set free.
     
    WHY THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT:
    Theater can transport us.  It can bring us to our knees, leaving us shaking our heads in wonder and awe as we listen to the stories about what makes others tick, what makes them hurt, and how they’ve endured tragedy and embraced their perceived good fortune.  Elaine Stritch said, “Everybody has a sack of rocks!”  I suppose she was right.  We are humbled as we bear witness to those telling us their stories, emptying out their “sack of rocks” and inevitably (whether we like it or not), taking inventory of our own lives, our own loves and losses, our own hopes and dreams.
     
    The pathos of this work is not intended to garner accolades, sympathy, pity or shock about my story or the stories of these women, but to permit another to truthfully reflect on their own. Inherent in the theater lies a communal experience, a shared humanity and personal vulnerability.  Simultaneously, we sit together and listen to the voice speaking on our behalf.  We take pause.  We rise.  We are changed.
     
    MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT: 
    This is a show about the power of women, the power of being a women, the power of truth; it’s about women’s voices and women’s choices; it’s about sexual abuse, healing, & survival; it’s about loss of self, loss of child, loss of mother, & the loss of one’s life dream; it’s about friendship, divorce, forgiveness, determination, tenacity & change; it’s about taking one baby step at a time, that gets you to a place where you can finally say, “Hey, you!  Yeah, YOU! I have arrived!"  It’s about finding your inner warrior when you’re forced to face the unthinkable, but once you do, you’re new, you’re changed, and you can’t go back; It’s about finding HOME, standing tall, and finally accepting who you are.  It’s about telling some hard truths, telling YOUR truth. 
     
    THE VOICES OF WOMEN IN THEATER:
    What better time than RIGHT NOW to stand united and strong, to support
    women/people, and to take action, to be love in action, and to realize your
    wildest dreams?

    Malala Yousafzai proclaimed, “We realize the importance of our voices only
    when we are silenced.”

    Comes a time  when we must pick a side, take a stand, choose a cause, and
    be the voice of another who may have been or is silenced.

    The voices of women near and far, young and over 40 or dare I say, over 50,
    need to be heard, need to be told.  Because in hearing their stories,
    hearing their voices; we learn, we widen our lens, we gain speed and the
    power and will to move mountains.  We just do!

    SPEAK!!!

    SUPPORT EACH OTHER!!!

    STAY STRONG!

    Here’s to the power and glory of the great stories, to the power of our
    collective voices, to the power of truth & healing!

     
    ABOUT HOPE SALAS:
    Hope Salas is an actress, writer, producer, educator and teaching artist.  She is an advocate of women’s rights, and social justice for all. She has worked and performed domestically and internationally as an actress, a performing arts educator, and a humanitarian. As an actress, some of her most memorable experiences have been at The Public Theatre with Andre Serban, Bertolt Brecht Theatre, Germany with Niki & Ula Woltz, Lincoln Center Institute with Liz Swados, Nyorican Poets Café with Anne Bogart, En Garde Arts with Tina Landau, Colorado Shakespeare Festival with Michael Addison, PS 122 & HERE with Chiori Miyagawa & Sonoko Kawahara Hawkes, and St. Marks Theatre with Ken Rus Schmoll.  Most recently she performed as a dancer/actress in The Tchaikovsky Vignettes at HB Studios, directed by Allison Plamondon.

    Hope was a producing member, actor and contributing writer of the Love/Youth Project.  This Off –Broadway project was a theatrical response to the surge in teen suicide and bullying, in which 38 actors, directors, playwrights and stage managers work-shopped 6 scenes for use by high school anti-bullying programs.
     
    While teaching overseas in Cape Town, South Africa, Hope established a theatrical reading & puppet program at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. This program, with the support of Desmond Tutu, provided South African orphans and victims of the Rwandan genocide books, puppets and some much needed love and attention. Armed with her Grade 8 student volunteers, (3) trunks filled with colorful animal and human-like puppets (donated by her loving mother), visits were made each Saturday afternoon and magic was created! 

    HOPE is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of HOPE will be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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    Heartfelt thanks & shoutouts on Social Media Love Note mailed directly to you! Your Name in the Program (4) complimentary tickets to the show Invitation to private rehearsal HOPE updates

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    She’s “MOVED that RUBBER TREE PLANT” High Hope’s Level: (Executive Producer)

    Love Note mailed directly to you! Credited as Executive Producer in Program (4) complimentary front row tickets to the show Invitation to rehearsal event and reception Honorary Guest at Cast Party in NYC HOPE updates