Hope on Stage and Screen

“On Stage & Screen” is a $60,000 initiative aimed at encouraging and producing new work for stage and screen that innovatively connects with the themes of the project. A $10,000 prize will be given to the author(s) of a new stage play in English that somehow explores the nature, role, sources, or risks and benefits of hope and/or optimism in human life. Although many plays could be said to deal with hope and optimism in a very general sense, the selection committee will be looking for an original script that explicitly engages our themes in a sustained, innovative, and significant way.  Some classic exemplars (which are not meant to constrain style or plot) are Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Margaret Edson’s Wit, and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. We welcome submissions from established artists as well as younger and first-time authors.

The video competition aims to stimulate creative efforts on the part of videographers that will, in turn, ignite the public’s imagination regarding hope and optimism, and spur deeper interest in our project and its topics.  We will solicit submissions of short, 1-3 minute YouTube-style videos that explicitly explore the nature, source, and role of hope and/or optimism in human life.  We welcome submissions from established filmmakers as well as amateur and first-time videographers.  First prize overall will be $2,500; second will be $1,500, third will be $1,000; and up to 20 honorable mentions of $250 will be awarded.


For more details, please visit the project website: hopeoptimism.com