41 Interviews + 2008 Elections = Hope Speaks
Directed & Conceived by: Jonathan McCrory
Devised by: Chanel Carroll, Cherrye Davis, Eric Lockley, Jonathan McCrory, Kimberly Young, & Kisa Willis
Poster Designer: Elizabeth Rossi
2011 - National Black Theater Festival
2011 - La MaMa E.T.C.
2010 - Baltimore Museum Of Art
[Presented by: E Please]
2010 - Duke Ellington School of the Arts
2010 - NYU TISCH: Fredrick Loewe Theatre
[Presented by: ETW]
2010 - DC Black Theatre Festival
2010 - Harlem School of the Arts
HOPE SPEAKS is an empowering, thought provoking, and dynamic devised storytelling piece that explores the historic 2008 Election of President Barack Obama. Crafted out of the election's grassroots momentum the ensemble, lead by Jonathan McCrory, uses surveying techniques found in documentary theater to mold a story that explores the complexities of the American Dream. Inspired by Anna Deavere Smith's life's work six actors examine and re-live experiences collected from 40 individuals. Left with a wide array of perspectives and thoughts surrounding November 4, 2008 this show causes the soul and mind to reawaken to the forgotten essence of HOPE. Join the conversation and let Hope Speaks take you back to experience the trans-formative power of the human spirit.