HOPE VILLANUEVA is a stage manager and playwright based in the DC area and originally from California, with her first full length play just produced in 2018 for the Women's Voices Theatre Festival. Her plays have received readings at The Kennedy Center, The Black and Latino Playwright's Conference, The Discovery New Play Festival, and Kitchen Dog Theatre. She also moonlights as a director and designer and is a proud member of Actor's Equity. In these tumultuous times, Hope believes that the theatre is an essential resource for the social and emotional education of our society.
Prejudice and Immigration are teachable moments in Arena Stage's HOLD THESE TRUTHS, a one-man play about a young man who stood alone against the injustice of WWII Japanese American internment camps. This interview features director, Jessica Kubzansky, and actor, Ryun Yu, discussing the parallels between 1940's racial issues and policies and today.