Prisoners of Hope

Pitting mother & son against father & daughter in a power struggle with billions at stake, this seriocomic play puts a very human face on the issue of climate. After the death of the Harrisons' eldest son, as their ocean estate is getting eroded by hurricanes and the rising sea level, Aurora inspires her father to start a memorial foundation to work on the climate crisis, which creates a more...
Pitting mother & son against father & daughter in a power struggle with billions at stake, this seriocomic play puts a very human face on the issue of climate. After the death of the Harrisons' eldest son, as their ocean estate is getting eroded by hurricanes and the rising sea level, Aurora inspires her father to start a memorial foundation to work on the climate crisis, which creates a more personal crisis in the family. Conflicts arise when the mother and surviving politician son see the father-daughter obsession as a threat to their financial interests and plot to stop Pop by getting him declared as mentally incompetent and by blocking Aurie from accepting his “irrational” efforts to appoint her as the foundation’s director. Her adopted black son has a key role in bringing the conflict to a cathartic resolution that ends the power struggle, reconciling mother and daughter. Characters: Roger Harrison, a 69-year-old Anglo-American philanthropist Nan, his scrappy American wife, 66 Aurie, their conflicted daughter, 42, an exasperated environmentalist Todd, their politician son, 44, a would-be alpha Nelson, Aurie’s adopted black son, 21, a quirky college graduate. With a unit set, the action takes place on the veranda of a private estate overlooking the ocean. Time: the present. Contact the author for a full synopsis, and for a director's letter of recommendation for the play after she directed a staged reading; she says it is now production-ready and praises it as "entertaining and nuanced."
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Prisoners of Hope

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    campus of SUNY Potsdam, NY
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    2017
  • Reading
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    SUNY Rockland
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Essex Theater Company, NY
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Upper Jay Art Center, Jay, NY (near Lake Placid)
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    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Conn. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
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    2012

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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2014 competition, selected over 940 plays (revised in 2017)
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Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference