- by Mount Saint Mary College
The cast and crew of Hope Stories with the Dominican Sisters of Hope

The cast and crew of Hope Stories hosted a special Saturday evening performance of the play for more than a dozen Dominican Sisters of Hope (photographed above).

They say life imitates art. 

For the Mount’s theatre group, art imitated life with Hope Stories, an original play based on a long-running interview project documenting the history of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.

James Phillips, associate professor of Theatre, and Rebecca Ferretti ’16 sought to honor the legacy of the sisters by interviewing members of the Dominican order. The Mount owes much to the vision and hard work of the Dominican Sisters, who founded the college in 1959.

Performance photo from Hope StoriesThe interviews illuminate each sister’s history, with questions related to why she joined the order, what she accomplished during her assignments, and how she benefitted from a life as a Dominican. 

Written by playwright Jessica Kahkoska, Hope Stories reshaped many of these interviews to create a powerful, authentic script celebrating the legacy of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. 

More than a dozen Dominican Sisters attended the final performance of Hope Stories and enjoyed a reception in their honor afterwards.

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