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Having Hope at Home

Having Hope at Home

By David S. Craig.

Product Code: HH2000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 3m., 3w.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$9.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock


Carolyn has one evening to cook a three-course turkey dinner, make peace with her parents, get married in her grandmother's dress and hide the fact that she's in labor. What could possibly go wrong? Having Hope at Home is a side-splitting look at a family learning to love again. On a cold winter night, in a drafty farmhouse, Carolyn goes into labor just as her parents arrive for dinner. She can't tell them she's having a home birth, as her father is the head of gynecology at the local hospital. She has to pretend everything is normal including passing off the midwife as the vet. Good intentions dissolve as modern medicine meets midwifery in a torrent of family feuding over where this baby should be born. As tensions rise between the three stubborn generations of family members, so does the laughter. It takes some serious truth-telling and a baby's birth to heal the rift in this hilarious, heartwarming story of forgiveness and hope. A light comedy with serious intentions, the play shows us how the human heart sometimes takes the long way home.


For more information about this play, please visit: davidscraig.com/having-hope-at-home.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code HH2000
  • Cast Size 6
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 100 min


  • Target Audience College and Adult
  • Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619590915
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Media Reviews

“Will have you shedding tears of laughter one minute and tears of empathy the next. Just when it veers toward sentimentality, the production steers back toward heart-felt poignancy.”  —Waterloo Record

“The kind of play that gives us all reason to have hope in our own families, even when the prospects appear bleakest.”  —Waterloo Record

“A big-hearted comedy that will leave you in tears—tears of compassion and recognition as well as tears of joy.”  —Waterloo Record

“Sweetly comic, wise and wonderful, it's a journey from anger and estrangement to where the heart reconnects with the joy of what it means to be alive.”  —The Hamilton Spectator

“An understanding, gently comic prod, it pokes at how we deal with aging and how difficult it is for parents to let go.”  —The Hamilton Spectator

“A series of dramatic confrontations between city and country, birth and death, hospital deliveries and midwifery, French and English Canada, authority and rebellion.”  —The Globe and Mail

“Witty and intelligent.”  —The Globe and Mail

“A fantastic show that delivers humorous, heartfelt and insightful moments.”  —The Elgin Review

“Wholesome humor and the full array of festering family foibles.”  —Winnipeg Free Press

“A heavy dose of humor … wonderfully all-out funny, funny moments in the play.”  —Huron News Now

“A delight-filled domestic comedy using heart-felt humor to convey its hopeful message about coping with the challenges of family life.”  —The London Free Press

“A very, very funny and deeply touching play.”  —The View (Hamilton)

“Everything you could hope for—delightfully funny when it wants to be and dramatic when it has to be.  Having Hope at Home disarms you with its sitcom architecture, letting you sit back and enjoy some perfectly constructed comedy.”  —The Star Phoenix