Hope Villanueva

Hope Villanueva

Ms. Villanueva is a current resident of Washington, DC. Her first full production, THE VEILS, produced as part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival 2018. THE VEILS has previously received a reading at the Kennedy Center, an audio podcast recording, The Black and Latino Playwrights’ Conference 2016, at Texas State University, at the Discovery New Play Festival at Ball State University in and The Kitchen Dog...
Ms. Villanueva is a current resident of Washington, DC. Her first full production, THE VEILS, produced as part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival 2018. THE VEILS has previously received a reading at the Kennedy Center, an audio podcast recording, The Black and Latino Playwrights’ Conference 2016, at Texas State University, at the Discovery New Play Festival at Ball State University in and The Kitchen Dog New Play Festival in 2017. She directed and wrote/co-devised THE LITTLE CRANE AND THE LONG JOURNEY at the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival. Several years living and working on the islands of Hawaii, inspiring PACIFIC, which was performed in a staged reading at the Next Act! New Play Summit in Schenectady, NY in 2013. During her time in Hawaii, she had a short piece entitled TIDAL (formerly RENOVATIONS) included in Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s collaborative piece, WHERE DO THINGS GO? in 2011 and is being published by YouthPlays in 2018. At the end of that year, she began work on PACIFIC and was able to return to Honolulu Theatre for Youth in the summer of 2012 for a reading of PACIFIC. Her new play, THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN, was a part of the 2018 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival and is receiving a developmental production in 2019 by Ally Theatre Company. By day, Ms. Villanueva works in another realm of theatre as an AEA stage manager in DC, New York City and on tour. She continues to write, in hopes of helping people to look at the ordinary world from a new perspective and to experience emotion.

Plays

  • The Veils
    A female Marine returns home from deployment in Afghanistan to begin planning her wedding. While being tormented by her controlling sister and mother, she fights against the ghosts she's returned with from her experience overseas.
  • Her, Across the River
    An American woman on an escape from reality in Bangkok befriends a novice Buddhist monk. As they work through their wounds together, their lost loved ones journey on in the spirit world, all trying to achieve some level of peace and maybe even enlightenment. Told thru movement in a magical realism frame, this play explores the journey from grief to the start of healing.
  • The QoL Mandate
    In a near future, Elena works for a lobbyist, pushing for mandatory vasectomies for teen boys. Quietly, she has kept her teen son from having the procedure himself. When it comes to a head, Elena risks jail and her son, Sebastian, considers joining his estranged father in Mexico, where he has never been and doesn't speak the language.
  • The Head That Wears the Crown
    Told in a fast-moving, untraditional narrative, the world of a trio of high school girls is upset by the arrival of a likable new girl. When a revenge prank meant to embarrass her goes terribly wrong , the consequences will follow all of them into adulthood. It turns out, the perpetrators are the ones who will never recover. (In development)
  • Pacific
    In the spring of 2011, an 8.6 earthquake rattled the coastline of Northern Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that managed to span the Pacific Ocean, soaking the coastal towns of Hawaii and pulling on the moorings of boats in California, and damaged the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan. The owners of the power plant issued a plea to their employees to come to work if they were willing – an attempt to...
    In the spring of 2011, an 8.6 earthquake rattled the coastline of Northern Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that managed to span the Pacific Ocean, soaking the coastal towns of Hawaii and pulling on the moorings of boats in California, and damaged the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan. The owners of the power plant issued a plea to their employees to come to work if they were willing – an attempt to keep this potential disaster at bay – and expose themselves to radiation in the process.

    In each of the three locations, characters follow the news report about the events in Japan, as well as do their best to keep contact with one another. In turn, they call, text and video-conference with each other, with technologies reflected onstage via projections and live video feeds. Through their various interactions in the aftermath of the tsunami, each character confronts questions of responsibility to country and humanity, self-identity, and how we define home. In the end, each tries in their own way to contribute something that makes their post-tsunami world a little bit better. Will achieves this most directly in his animation project, which goes “viral”, spreading hope for the future of Japan, and indeed the world.
  • Tidal (formerly Renovations)
    A pair of hermit crabs live at the seashore with a sea anemone. As is typical, one of the hermit crabs has a few things stuck to his shell, but the other has an obscene amount. The tide is rising and the first crab and the anemone must convince the second crab to give up those hoarded objects to save them from the quickly rising seas.

    *Publication via YouthPlays
  • Booker T. Washington Project
    A one-man play following the life and tribulations of Booker T. Washington.
  • 'Merica (1 Min Play)
    An average American works hard, but is held down by the system... until they have only one thing to grasp onto.
  • Youth (1 Min Play)
    Two children on the playground stand together against the judgement of the world.
  • Elephant Walk (10 Min Play)
    Two mothers from different economic backgrounds encounter each other as the circus walks their elephants into town, as their children act like children.
  • Steps to Home
    Finding herself suddenly sick, 40-something Kelly asks Samantha to move into her house, but this is just the beginning… or the end. Told in reverse chronology, STEPS TO HOME tells the story of Kelly and Samantha’s decades old friendship and – despite hardships and relationships - how two people so vastly different could come to be the most important person in each other’s lives.
  • Carrot Sticks (5 min play)
    ***Please contact the writer if you would like to include this in any readings for violence awareness or support for gun safety laws. License fees will likely be waived

    Written in response to a call for scripts about gun violence in schools following the Parkland School shooting in Florida.

    Paul and his mother, Reina, worry about Paul's sister, who may have been on campus...
    ***Please contact the writer if you would like to include this in any readings for violence awareness or support for gun safety laws. License fees will likely be waived

    Written in response to a call for scripts about gun violence in schools following the Parkland School shooting in Florida.

    Paul and his mother, Reina, worry about Paul's sister, who may have been on campus during the UCSB shooting in 2014. In the aftermath, Paul is left to care for their younger sister, who is autistic.
  • The Vanishing Girl - A New Musical
    Book by Hope VIllanueva
    Music and Lyrics by William Yanesh

    Luciana and her best friend, Mason, are aspiring writers and comic book fans. Luciana is also painfully shy, hiding from the brilliant girl she has a crush on, and still trying to figure out who she is. When an accident gives Luciana superpowers, she also finds that each time she uses her powers that she's slowly turning...
    Book by Hope VIllanueva
    Music and Lyrics by William Yanesh

    Luciana and her best friend, Mason, are aspiring writers and comic book fans. Luciana is also painfully shy, hiding from the brilliant girl she has a crush on, and still trying to figure out who she is. When an accident gives Luciana superpowers, she also finds that each time she uses her powers that she's slowly turning invisible. What do you do when finally being seen by the people that matter might also mean disappearing?