Hope Villanueva

Hope Villanueva

Ms. Villanueva is a stage manager by profession, but holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Playwriting. She has continued writing on and off since graduating. Her one act musical, ROOFTOPS, was produced by the university as one of only 6 projects selected for production. It was produced again at Center Stage in Santa Barbara. During her tenure at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, she was...
Ms. Villanueva is a stage manager by profession, but holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Playwriting. She has continued writing on and off since graduating. Her one act musical, ROOFTOPS, was produced by the university as one of only 6 projects selected for production. It was produced again at Center Stage in Santa Barbara. During her tenure at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, she was selected as one of the writers for Where Do Things Go?, and her play, RENOVATIONS, was mounted as a part of that production and her full length play, PACIFIC, was given a staged reading at the Next Act! New Play Summit in upstate NY.

Most recently, THE VEILS, about a female Marine planning her wedding, was produced as a part of the second Women's Voices Festival in Washington, DC in February 2018. Previously, THE VEILS was selected for development at The Black and Latino Playwright's Conference 2016, The Discovery New Play Festival and The Kitchen Dog New Play Festival, and was produced as a podcast by The Parsnip Ship in NYC. The podcast is available on iTunes. Ms. Villanueva also has completed scripts for HER, ACROSS THE RIVER, (an American woman escapes to Thailand after a loss and befriends a novice monk), THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN (about the competitive relationships in a group of young women), a one-man show about Booker T. Washington and a screenplay titled, "Almost There". In 2017, she was a proud participant in the HBMG National Winter Playwrights' Retreat. She is also currently developing a modern adaptation of Othello with a lesbian relationship at the center.

Plays

  • 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)
  • 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 (previously "Earth/Mother")
    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.
  • 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 pending, 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.