AN ORIGINAL ONE-WOMAN SHOW
WRITTEN, PRODUCED, PERFORMED BY
COMING FALL 2018
AN ORIGINAL ONE-WOMAN SHOW
WRITTEN, PRODUCED, PERFORMED BY
COMING FALL 2018
Hello! My name is Hope Salas and I am the writer, producer (by design) and performer of this original one-woman show entitled, HOPE. This show is slated to be mounted Off-Broadway, Fall 2018.
In 2014, I decided to write a play, specifically a one-woman show. Then, I decided to produce that play. I told people that I was going to do this NO MATTER WHAT; that I needed to tell this story in the way I tell a story—with voice, with the body, with heart, and with my little clown soul. I told everyone I knew about my dream, about this project, about this particularly sensitive work. Everyone listened. Everyone is STILL listening. Everyone is waiting.
She is coming…soon…Fall 2018!
This past Spring (2017) I held my first crowdfunding campaign and raised over $20,000.00 because of the love and care and generosity of hundreds of friends, new and old, as well as some anonymous donors who decided that this show, this theater piece, was worth their investment. I’m still reeling from the experience and am forever grateful. Thank you!
I used the money raised from the Spring crowdfunding campaign to secure the theater venue where the WORLD PREMIER of this show will be mounted in September 2018. HOPE will have a 4-week run at the Wild Project in New York City. It's just incredible to think I'll have a show at this incredibly beautiful theater.
Most recently, I have secured the incomparable talent of Erika Latta as Director; Edwin Sanchez as Dramaturg; and Pia Haddad as the Associate Producer. I will complete the roster of my incredible design team, PR and administrative staff within the next couple of months. Most notably, I would be remiss not tell you how fortunate I was to have had the undying support and guidance from the beautiful and talented choreographer, Allison Plamondon, who worked with me for over a year on the dance, movement and gesture ideas for this piece. She has left me (and my play) with an indelible imprint marked with beauty, hope and grace, sisterhood and comradeship.
Fractured Atlas is my fiscal sponsor, the organization that provides me with the not-for-profit status. Through Fractured Atlas, I am legitimately afforded the privilege to fundraise as a producer and artist for this ambitious undertaking.
As I am now in final phase of my fundraising effort, I am hosting a few events between now and January 1st in order to secure the additional monies needed to pay my artistic team and the materials required to mount this show. You can check out my newly designed donor page to learn more about the next upcoming event.
While I am thrilled to report that the Spring 2017 campaign was a HUGE success, thanks to all who donated so generously, I still need an additional $18,000.00 to pay for rehearsal space, my artistic team: director/choreographer, set and lighting designers, costume designer, stage manager, press and marketing, and so much more.
Thankfully, with the power of YES & the incredible acts of kindness and love from so many people, I know it will come. It must. It will.
Thanks to your support!
Even though the official crowdfunding campaign ended in June 2017, you can still donate to this project here.
Please consider sharing the video with your friends and family and asking them to support a woman you know will deliver a hell of show. Go on! DO it! They’ll give a little or a lot and I’ll thank them from the bottom of my heart!
This show is about the power of being a woman and the power of truth; it's about women's voices and women's choices, sexual abuse, healing and survival; it's about loss of self, loss of child, loss of mother, loss of life, finding friendship, divorce, chick power, determination, courage and change; it's about taking one baby step at a time so that you can say, “Hey, you! Yeah, YOU! I have arrived!; it’s about finding your inner warrior and being forced to face the unthinkable. And when you do, you’re new, you’re changed, and you can’t go back; it’s about finding “HOME” and standing tall; it's about acceptance and it’s about…finally, once and for all, accepting who you are; it's about telling truths, telling your truth! It's about HOPE.
I love this quote by Edward Albee. I have circled back to this quote again and again as I have moved through this process of writing and producing this theatrical piece. The quote relates not only to my WORK and the PROCESS of creating it, but related to the CONTENT of the show as well. The quote inspired me and provided a platform for me to discuss the multiple iterations of the piece. It’s become a guiding mantra about how going so far OVER THERE was necessary to get HERE.
What I’ve learned throughout my life and in this process is that YOU MUST go "through it" to know how to get to the place and space you want to be, deserve to be. Sometimes life just “takes us.” Sometimes we end up standing in a very different place than we ever imagined or intended. Sometimes we get lucky and things work out. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes just a spark of a thought or subtle action can take us to spaces and places we never thought possible. And sometimes the WORST of times points us toward what becomes the BEST of times.
My big obstacles have been FEAR & SHAME. Where does that come from and how is it that FEAR & SHAME shape our choices and ultimately our lives? How is it that we set our sights on X and then something or someone causes us to go way the hell over there…AWAY FROM OUR DREAMS and AWAY FROM WHO WE ARE? Getting at the roots of fear and shame (and this show does just that) allows us to identify or recognize who or what it was that quelled the voice within that said, “Yes, you can!" and kick that demon to the curb.
This play has gone through many iterations, each version and workshopping getting me closer to the DNA, to the ROOTS of this story. So, you won’t be surprised to learn that the story-line of the show has shifted as has it's title. It’s gone from being a piece about my life in NYC to a piece that incorporates the stories of ‘f’d” up families and people and their f’d up issues (come on, we all know about that)!. These stories are not the stories you’d discuss at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in fact, these are the stories, secrets, and lies most people take to their graves. But you know how we all are, right? People imagine the worst if the truth is spoken, but we learn that if truths are not told the worst is realized.
So, the genesis of the piece dates back to April 2015. During that month, I cleared out my one-bedroom apartment and turned it into a black box theater and performed the first version of this piece every Thursday–Sunday night for 3 weeks. I invited friends, theater folk, industry people…little did I know I’d fill my little apartment every night with people sitting on the kitchen counters and the arms of chairs—all it took was a live pianist (thank you Racqui), some candles, flashlights and a few props and voila! It didn’t hurt that I plied my guests with champagne and some really good finger foods, but they came and this thing grew. Those first incubated, little baby breaths this show took led to the continued development of this piece; led to the gorgeous female form it has taken today.
And so, from all the way over THERE, to HERE and NOW, I am moving forward to create this beautiful, theatrical, and original one-woman show.
Can't wait to share it with you.