How many roundhouse kicks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? Just one. From Chuck Norris.
You have to have hope. It's irresponsible to give false hope, which I think a lot of playwrights are guilty of. But I also think it's irresponsible to simply be a nihilist, which quite a lot of playwrights, especially playwrights younger than me, have become guilty of.