Hope Hommersand has had productions and readings of her plays throughout the United States and Mexico. REHEARSING THE CHERRY ORCHARD, a comedy, was chosen for the “Northern Writes New Play Festival” at the Penobscot Theatre, Bangor, ME, 2011, and was a finalist in the Rover Dramaworks “2016 Play Contest,” Plano, TX. It was a finalist in the 2011 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, Coldwater,...
Hope Hommersand has had productions and readings of her plays throughout the United States and Mexico. REHEARSING THE CHERRY ORCHARD, a comedy, was chosen for the “Northern Writes New Play Festival” at the Penobscot Theatre, Bangor, ME, 2011, and was a finalist in the Rover Dramaworks “2016 Play Contest,” Plano, TX. It was a finalist in the 2011 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, Coldwater, MI, 2011 and had a reading at Chicago Dramatists "Saturday Series," 2012. It was a semifinalist in the "Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival," Burbank, CA, 2021. PENUMBRA, a drama, was a semifinalist in the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition sponsored by the Playmakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2019. It had a reading at the “Chicago New Work Festival” presented by Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Theatre 2014. It was part of a seminar entitled "Chicago Playwrights and Their Plays" at the Newberry Library, Chicago, 2016. WHY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE, a farce, staged reading at the “New Works Playwrights’ Festival,” Premiere Theatre, Aurora, IL, 2015, and the Chicago Writers’ Bloc “Festival of New Plays” presented at the Piven Theatre, Evanston, IL, 2015, and a workshop reading at the Cincinnati, LAB Theatre, OH, 2022. THE YELLOW ROOM MURDERS, a one-act mystery/comedy, was produced by the Directors Showcase, Theatre of Western Springs, IL, 2019 and was part of “Chicago New Work Festival,” Three Cat Productions, Berger Park Theatre, 2017. A LITTLE WOMEN CHRISTMAS, 21st CENTURY STYLE was produced as an audio play and streamed by Rebel Stages, Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee, PA, 2020. LUCKY NUMBERS, a one-act comedy, had a reading at the Overtime Theater, "Women's Voices," San Antonio, TX, 2022.
Productions and readings of short plays include THE ICE MAN, produced by Aux Dog Theatre’s “Laughing Dog Comedy Short Play Festival,” Albuquerque, NM, 2020 and at the Little Theatre, “Festival Night,” SRO Productions, Las Vegas, NV, 2013. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE was produced by the Players Workshop, “Diez Minutos Festival,” San Miguel de Allende, MX, 2019, and at the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre's "Ten Minute Festival," Moorhead, MN, 2022. The S-O-N Café was first produced by Cold Basement Dramatics, “Secret Stash,” at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, Chicago, 2011 and by Unity Players, Unity Lutheran Church, Chicago, 2016 and was part of "The Crossroads Cafe Project," at Durango Lively Arts, Durango, CO, 2016. LOOKING FOR A SIGN was a finalist in the Hidden River Review Short Play Award, Hidden River Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2019. Radio plays include AN ENCOUNTER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE aired by Small Fish Radio’s “Not Your Average Horror Show,” 2014 and CHINA DREAMS presented by Skeletal Remains Theatre’s “Festival of Fear,” at the Intuit Gallery, Chicago, 2012. IT'S ABOUT ISSUES, "Chicago Dramatists Network Playwrights 10-Minute Festival," Chicago, 2021. SANTA BABY BURGLAR, HOLIDAY RECOVERY DINNERS INC, THE OTHER SIDE OF CHRISTMAS, and LITTLE WOMEN, 1943 were part of “Holiday Shows,” produced by Three Cat Productions, Berger Park Theatre, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018.
Besides being a playwright, Hope has had a career as a producer, actor and teacher. She was the artistic director of Theatre Classics, a company that presented an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and The Essential Mark Twain, written and adapted by Hope Hommersand. The two programs toured high schools throughout the Chicagoland area and had productions at the Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, Illinois and The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 2003-2008.
Hope belongs to the Dramatists Guild of America and Actors’ Equity Association. She received her BA in Communications and Theatre from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, and her MA in Literature from Roosevelt University, Chicago.