Dr. Hope and her observer have worked on what they call “The Hope Project”. When humans come to participate in the experiment, they are required to recall and think about their first memory of the natural world.
Play Title: The Project Hope
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau
Primary Discipline: Environmental
Source Texts: N/A
Character Breakdown: 1 female, 1 character of unspecified gender
Dr. Hope (female) and Observer (unknown gender).
Setting: A laboratory lit up by multi-colored glowing glass jars.
Time Period: Unknown future
Synopsis of Play: Dr. Hope and her observer have worked on what they call “The Hope Project”. When humans come to participate in the experiment, they are required to recall and think about their first memory of the natural world. The energy created from these thoughts light a small jar which symbolize the hope for humanity to restore the world they once remembered. Dr. Hope believes that most humans have lost hope because they are under the impression that drought, floods, and fires, will inevitably destroy all the world’s natural beauty. However, she has the strong desire to ask every human what their first memory of the natural world was, hoping to create energy and to restore hope.
First Performance Date: This short play was originally performed at the “Climate Change Theatre Action” event in 2017.
First Producer: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017
Performance History: Performed at the In/Visible Theatre in partnership with the Climate Change Theatre Action on November 10, 2017. This short play was also performed at the Seaver Theatre Complex on November 28, 2017.
Biography of Author: “Catherine Banks is from Novia Scotia, Canada. Her selected produced plays include Three Storey, Ocean View, Bitter Rose, Bone cage, It Is Solved By Walking, and Miss N Me. Bone Cage asks the question, If a man’s job is to destroy what he loves (the natural world) how does he treat the people he loves at the end of a shift? She is the recipient of two Governor General’s Literary Award for English Drama: 2008 and 2012. Catherine is currently working on The King of Days a script about 250 years in the life of a fishing village”. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo