Esperanza Means Hope

Our Cast of Esperanza Means Hope
Our Cast of Esperanza Means Hope

It’s kinda funny when people tell me that they’re proud of me. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all the kind words and I take them to heart, but it just feels a little weird – offsetting. I guess I’ve been so used to telling other people how proud I am of them because I recognize their tenacity to pursue what they love, but when other’s pride is shown onto me… all I can say is Thank You. With every stitch weaves into my being, I appreciate you.

ESPERANZA MEANS HOPE is a play I dreamed up many months ago. The process for writing it all basically stemmed from the many lessons I learned over the years, and it paid off:
– research
– think of personal story that would support research
– character sketches
– created a structure
– outlined the scenes using the French Scene model
– breaking down those French Scenes by action-to-action
– start the dialogue
– have a read-through
– edit, edit, edit
– auditions and casting
– finding a director
– meetings, meetings, meetings
– find: rehearsal space, tech, props, etc
– make the decision to play the dad role
– rehearsals…
– deal with unforeseen circumstances (What’s theatre without a little DRAMA?)
– think that this isn’t the career for me and give up my dream of becoming a playwright
– house open, warming up with cast, showtime
– standing ovation, loving my cast, creative team and director
– close
– think of the possibilities to have this play reach more people

The above in a nutshell sums up what I’ve been through the last 5-6 months. I guess putting this in the form that I’ve come to recognize as my writing “savior” (outline), does make me proud of what I’ve accomplished!

Article by Conrad

Conrad’s a San Francisco Bay Area Playwright. He loves long walks upon the concrete and rainy days. Aside from writing words for actors to regurgitate into an audience’s ears and eyes, he loves sports, 90’s R&B, and learning.

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