Hope is delighted to be a contributing playwright to this year’s “Holiday Stories.” Last year her short play SANTA BABY BURGLAR was part of Three Cat’s holiday production. Her most recent full-length play WHY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE had a staged reading in the Chicago Writers’ Bloc “2015 Festival of New Plays” at the Piven Theatre in Evanston. It was also included “New Works Playwrights’ Festival” sponsored by the Premiere Theatre, Aurora, IL PENUMBRA was part of Three Cat Productions 2014 “New Work Festival” at Berger Park. Hope belongs to the Network Playwrights at Chicago Dramatists where her comedy REHEARSING THE CHERRY ORCHARD received a staged reading in the Saturday Series. It was chosen for the 2011 “Northern Writes New Play Festival” at the Penobscot Theatre, Bangor, Maine. In 2012 it was one of the plays discussed in the seminar, “Chicago Playwrights and Their Plays” at the Newberry Library. She wrote the lyrics for the musical RIGHT AROUND THAT CORNER! based on The Gilded Age by Samuel Clemens and Charles Dudley Warner, produced by the MacDowell Artists Association of Oak Park, 1995. Hope was the artistic director of Theatre Classics, an ensemble that presented adaptations of literary works for high school audiences, and wrote THE ESSENTIAL MARK TWAIN for this program. It was presented at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Productions of short plays include: THE S-O-N CAFÉ, Cold Basement Dramatics, “Secret Stash,” Gorilla Tango Theatre, Chicago; THE ICE MAN presented by SRO Productions, “Festival Night,” Las Vegas Little Theatre; CHINA DREAMS, a radio play, Skeletal Remains Theatre, “Festival of Fear,” Intuit Gallery, Chicago; AN ENCOUNTER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE aired by Small Fish Radio, “Not Your Average Horror Show.” Hope also belongs to the Dramatists Guild of America, Actors’ Equity and the Oak Park Writers Group where her work appears in its yearly anthology, Keystrokes.