Arts Council of Fort Worth


Drive Up and Party Down with Heart of Gold

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.

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New and Improving playwright, Janae Hatchett and Production Manager Jason Leyva
New and Improving - Playwright, Janae Hatchett and Production Manager Jason Leyva


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is the inaugural selection for the Original Work Series, a theatrical program that provides an outlet for emerging and unpublished playwrights to showcase their work and see their play produced on a professional level.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

Playwright Bio:
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 play.

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.

Play Synopsis:
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.