'Hope,' Written and Directed by Acting Alumni, Now Playing at The Wild Project
BY Paola Alexandra Soto, October 11, 2018
Acting alumna Hope Salas ’98 wrote and stars in Hope a new play that opened in September and is directed by acting alumna Erika Latta ’97. The show is described as a dark comedy about addiction, abuse, healing, survival, finding one’s voice, and the choices we make. Hope will run thru October 13 at The Wild Project in New York. For more information and to purchase tickets visit The Wild Project.
The play features three women: Rose, a prostitute in the 1950's; Alice, a spirited, yet haunted wife and mother; and Hope, an Irish-Mexican storyteller who examines the fragments of her life in order to understand how she has survived and how she will thrive in the latter part of her life. Ultimately the play itself is about hope that in this production is described as the want for something to happen or be true. This is a focused interpretation of that elusive feeling that one can hold on to during moments when it seems like it's completely lost.
Hope Salas is a New York City based actress, writer, producer, educator and teaching artist. Her credits include Hamlet at The Public Theatre with Andre Serban, The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Bertolt Brecht Theatre (Germany) with Niki & Ula Woltz, Inside Out at Lincoln Center Institute with Liz Swados, Festival of Screen Writers at Nyorican Poets Café with Anne Bogart, The Trojan Women at En Garde Arts with Tina Landau, Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) Colorado Shakespeare Festival with Michael Addison, Tired by Chiori Miyagawa at Soho Repertory, Awakenings by Miyagawa at PS 122; Woman Killer by Miyagawa at HERE with Sonoko Kawahara, Cause for Alarm at St. Marks Theatre with Ken Rus Schmoll. Her resume also includes recurring roles on daytime TV dramas Another World and Guiding Light. She has taught theater classes in the US, Spain, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda. While teaching in South Africa, Hope initiated a puppet program for orphaned children living at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital founded by Desmond Tutu, the only orphanage in sub-Sahara Africa. Hope received her MFA in Acting from Columbia University. She received her MS. Ed in Museum Education Early Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and received a certificate in puppetry arts from the University of Connecticut.
Erika Latta co-founded WaxFactory in New York with Doris Mirescu, Dion Doulis, and Ivan Talijancic. She is the Artistic Director along with Ivan Talijancic. (waxfactory.org) She has performed, directed, and written international collaborations with WaxFactory in New York, Latin America, and in Europe including the ICA/Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK), The Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austria), OLTRE90 (Milan, Italy), FIT/ Festival Internacional de Teatro (Caracas, Venezuela), MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnia), the Exodos Festival and Cankarjev Dom Center For The Performing Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia), SummerSzene in Salzburg, Austria, Zürcher Theaterspektakel in Zurich, and La Batie festival in Geneva, Switzerland. In New York she has acted at La Mama E.T.C, Performance Space 122, Abrons Art Center, New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center's Clark Studio, Soho Rep, Old American Can Factory, En Garde Arts, Raw Space, Ohio Theater, The Culture Project, the Act French Festival and the McKittrick Hotel. She graduated from the University of Washington and received a MFA in Acting at Columbia University.