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Los Angeles Hope Festival

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - May 21 @ 6:30 pm

LOS ANGELES HOPE FESTIVAL – Opening Weekend of the new play – I CARRY YOUR HEART – is the culmination of a four year, $5 million Hope & Optimism research initiative so we’re putting on a Festival with artists, activists, philosophers, researchers, and keynote speakers (including Dr. Cornel West and T.C. Boyle) – with bands playing after the play every night. Join us as we explore HOPE & OPTIMISM in the realms of Psychology, Philosophy, and Art.

All of the daytime Festival speakers and events are FREE, through the generosity of the Templeton Foundation.

RSVP is highly recommended, first come first seated. All individual events are listed on our calendar page. http://www.bootlegtheater.org/theater/

Festival Schedule & RSVP Links:

Friday, May 19

Michael Scheier (Carnegie-Mellon, Psychology) – Does Pessimism make you sick?
Eshkol Rafaeli (Bar-Ilan, Israel – Psychology and Neuroscience) – Hope and Despair as we Transition to Parenthood
Lori Markson (Wash U, Psychology) – Are Children Optimists or Pessimists?
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477428

4:45 PM – Speaker: Tali Sharot
Tali Sharot is the author of The Optimism Bias and an Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. She is the founder and director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London. Her papers on decision making, emotion, and influence have been published in Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Psychological Science, and many others. She has been featured in numerous outlets and written for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, and more.
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477430

7:00 PM – I Carry Your Heart by Georgette Kelly – May 19 – June 10 – OPENING NIGHT – winner of the Hope On Stage playwrighting prize.
Tickets & Info: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1474689

9:15 PM – Bands at Bootleg – Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit
Tickets & Info: http://www.bootlegtheater.org/event/1419072-matthew-logan-vasquez-delta-los-angeles/

Saturday, May 20

11:00 AM – Yiyun Li
Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her novel, The Vagrants, won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for Dublin IMPAC Award. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her second collection, was a finalist of Story Prize and shortlisted for Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Kinder Than Solitude, her latest novel, was published to critical acclaim. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She has received numerous awards, including Whiting Award, Lannan Foundation Residency fellow, 2010 MacArthur Foundation fellow, 2014 Benjamin H. Danks Award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space.
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477432

Luc Bovens (London School of Economics, Philosophy & Econ) – Hope and Coping
Nicole Hassoun (Binghamton, Philosophy) – Global Health, Hope, and Creative Resolve
Andre Willis (Brown University, Religion) – Racializing Hope
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477434

3:30 PM – Speaker: Sabra Williams & Prison Project
Actor and Activist, Sabra Williams, oversees The Actors’ Gang’s Prison Project, which conducts weekly and seven-day intensive programs inside the California prison system, a weekly re-entry program in the community, as well as a program in juvenile facilities, and soon a program designed for correctional officers.
Free RSVP: l http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477436

5:00 PM – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the practice of Public at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He has produced three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes are featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009). In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of people in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477437

7:00 PM – I Carry Your Heart by Georgette Kelly – winner of the Hope On Stage playwrighting prize.
Tickets & Info: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1474690

9:30 PM – Bands TBA

Sunday, May 21:

10:00AM – Staged Reading of 3rd Prize HOPE ON STAGE winner HOW TO CONQUER THE WORLD: A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOGURT by David Myers. Talk Back with playwright and Hope On Stage team to follow.
Free RSVP – http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1477438

1:30 PM – Staged Reading of 2nd Prize HOPE ON STAGE winner, THE BODY by Steve Moulds, Directed by Jeremy Webb. Talk Back with playwright and Hope On Stage team to follow.
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1478323

3:00 PM – Hope on Screen – winner and runners up in the short video prize portion of the Hope & Optimism Initiative.
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1478324

3:45 PM – Speaker: David Eagleman
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He heads the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute, and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw. He is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, and the author of the companion book, The Brain: The Story of You. Eagleman is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow, a winner of the McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, Vice-Chair on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience & Behaviour, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Mind Science Foundation, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation.
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1478325

5:15 PM – Keynote Speaker: T.C. Boyle
T.Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty-six books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), The Harder They Come (2015) and The Terranauts (2016). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is Distinguished Professor of English. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prise for best novel of the year (World’s End, 1988); the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (T.C. Boyle Stories, 1999); and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France (The Tortilla Curtain, 1997).
Free RSVP: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1478326

7:00 PM – I Carry Your Heart by Georgette Kelly – winner of the Hope On Stage playwrighting prize.
Tickets & Info: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1474691

9:00 PM – Bootleg Jazz Night featuring Orkestar Meze
Tickets & Info: http://www.bootlegtheater.org/event/1440289-jazz-night-orkestar-meze-los-angeles/

Stay after or come early and buy lunch at the Food Trucks out front 12:30-3:30 PM! Food Trucks and Bar will be open for lunch on Saturday & Sunday.

I CARRY YOUR HEART, written by Georgette Kelly, is the winner of the the Hope & Optimism Initiative’s “Hope On Stage” playwriting prize project. Running May 19 – June 10.

The Hope and Optimism Project (www.hopeoptimism.com) is a four-year, $5 million initiative at The University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, and University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project funds research into the theoretical empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states. Directed by two philosophy professors, Andrew Chignell (Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania) and Sam Newlands (The University of Notre Dame), the project also created the “Hope on Stage” playwriting prize that, in addition to a cash prize to the winner, also funds a rolling premiere of the winning play in Ithaca, NY (which performed April 28-30) and in Los Angeles, CA (May 19 – June 10). Georgette Kelly’s I CARRY YOUR HEART was chosen as the winner from almost 800 blind submissions by a panel of professional theater makers and academics. In addition to the first prize, “Hope on Stage” awarded three runner-up prizes.


May 19 @ 3:00 pm
May 21 @ 6:30 pm
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Bootleg Theater


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