THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
As Managing Director, Hope produced Lyra's debut production, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht in a new translation by Jennifer Wise. Written in 1941, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui was Bertolt Brecht's attempt to explain to Americans how tyranny could come to a democratic state. In Jennifer Wise's modernized translation, eight actors play over forty roles, transform a stage into sixteen locations, and take audiences on a theatrical roller coaster that rivals the best that CNN can offer. The show was featured in The New York Times and received a "Best Bet" distinction from Theater Is Easy.
Working again with Firebone Theatre, Hope produced the world-premiere of The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby by Chris Cragin-Day and Don Chaffer at FringeNYC. This piece dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There really is just a dream interposed between her and death by stoning. There are shepherds, angels, foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men), a ratty extra room/stable at an inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything. And obviously, it’s a comedy. After its production at FringeNYC, the show received a second production at River & Rail Theatre Co. in Knoxville, Tennessee.
After working on The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, Gracie Gardner and Kate Moore Heaney approached Hope about producing Gracie's new musical, IndianapolisAlyssa1985 is Getting Married. The show was admitted into The Midtown International Theatre Festival after a successful first reading at Dixon Place in September 2015.
After a sold-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival, Hope was hired to produce the extension of Lucky Chick, one of 18 shows (out of 200) selected for the Fringe Encore Series at the Soho Playhouse. Written by and starring Felicity Seidel, the solo show is a comedic story of how a young girl got swept up into a crazy drug and sex-fueled world alongside her older boyfriend, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Lucky Chick was developed in Matt Hoverman’s Go-Solo workshops and at Naked Angels Tuesdays@9. It was selected for Naked Angels 1st Mondays reading series in April 2015.
Hope was selected to work as one of 5 producers for The 24 Hour Company's Nationals in New York. After workshops, training, and panels, Hope and her team lead a 24-hour intensive in which 6 new plays were written, directed, memorized, and performed to a sold-out audience at The New School for Drama.
As part of her work as Producing Director of Firebone Theatre, Hope produced the world premiere of Don Nguyen's Red Flamboyant under the incredible direction of Laura Savia. This play tells the story of Mrs. Hue who lives in present day Vietnam with a small group of women living with HIV/AIDS. Bricks smash the windows of her small house. The locals fear they will be infected by the women. Mrs Hue is forced to seek help from a stubborn government official to protect and support her group. Unlikely heroes emerge both in this world and the next as these poor women reach new heights of courage. Proceeds from this production went to help The Vietnam Relief Services and real Mrs. Hue's efforts to fight the stigma against HIV/AIDS in Vietnam right now. It was reviewed by The New York Times, New York Theater Now, New York Theatre Review, Go See a Show, Arts In Color, and more.
The world premiere of Grant DeArmitt's Watson: The Musical ran to a sold-out run at the 4th Street Theatre in the East Village. A few months later, the show was picked up by the West Village Musical Theatre Festival and selected to run in an abridged form in their Summer 2014 showcase. The piece was selected after the deadline, giving the production team less than half the time of the other groups to prepare. However, the team worked so spectacularly well that the show won awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Director!