Arts Council of Fort Worth - Drive Up and Party Down with Heart of Gold
Put on your comfy clothes and join us at the Coyote Drive-In on Wednesday, October 21th to
celebrate the Arts Council's Heart of Gold! Gates open at 7 p.m. and you will be greeted
by the Amphibian Stage stilt walkers, followed by the Mariachi Centenario, a short films
presented by Lone Star Film, and our featured short documentary about the creative
workforce that is supporting our city in this unusual year. Enjoy musical performances
from Ginny Mac, Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, and Joe Rogers! You can be a part of all this
from the safety and comfort of your own car.
A big "Thank you!" to Coyote Drive-In for their support and to our sponsors Frost Bank,
BNSF Railway, Maddie and Larry Lesnick, Visit Fort Worth, and Fort Worth Magazine.
Purchase tickets ($20 per vehicle), make a donation in honor of your favorite arts
groups, or become a sponsor by clicking the button below.
Jabba New and Improving - Playwright, Janae Hatchett and Production Manager Jason Leyva
ANNOUNCING THE ORIGINAL WORKS SERIES' SELECTED PLAY
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is proud to announce the
Original Works Series' chosen selection. This is the inaugural selection
for the Original Work Series, a theatrical program that provides an outlet for
emerging and unpublished playwrights to showcase their work and see their play
produced on a professional level. A panel of theater professionals reviewed all
submissions and selected the top picks to receive staged readings in the Spring
of 2020. Due to stay-at-home orders, these eight readings were held virtually
and broadcasted live on the Arts Center's Facebook page.
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center's in-house theatre company,
The Art Center Presents, will mount playwright Janae Hatchett's New and Improving.
Jason Leyva, the Arts Center's Production Manager, said, "After years of
cultivating arts organizations in our facility, many of whom have grown into
some of DFW's most enriching theatrical operations, we feel it's time to invest
in our efforts to supporting local playwrights and showcasing the storytelling
talents of artists in our area. We hope this opportunity will act as a
springboard onto the national stage and continue to bring awareness of our
playwriting community, which is so deserving."
Selected Work: New and Improving by Janae Hatchett
Location: The Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Dates: March 2021
A playwright and actor from Lubbock, Texas, Janae Hatchett
completed her bachelor's degree in Theatre at Angelo State University, where
her love for playwriting blossomed. New and Improving is her first full-length
She has also written a ten-minute play titled Would Not Recommend, which was
chosen as a semi-finalist in the Stage It! 10 Minute Plays and produced as a
full production for the Camp Death Productions Spring Benefit. She has also
completed a one-act titled Signing Off and several sketches. She currently
lives in Dallas, Texas, where she performs at local theatres, including
Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, and Theatre Coppell.
You know that geeky Mathlete who was picked on and shoved into
lockers in high school? Well, now he's all grown up and going to therapy for
depression and social anxiety. Thanks a lot, teenagers. Nathan is convinced to
attend a therapy mixer to "get out there" and "be social" with his peers. He
meets two forces of nature he didn't expect: Turk, a self-proclaimed ladies'
man, and Piper, a sarcastic smart aleck. With as much grace as a palm tree in a
hurricane, they shove Nathan into the dating pool with a young woman named Abby.
After a horrible date, some soul searching, and an all-night coffee binge,
Nathan leaps out of his comfort zone to embark on lasting relationships with
his two new accomplices.