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Circle Theatre - 2021 High School Playwriting Project
Every year, Circle Theatre hosts an annual High School Playwriting Project to benefit
local student playwrights
The Project begins with annual invitations to area high school teachers to enter 10-minute
scripts, written by their students, for evaluation by an experienced panel of theatre
peers. These judges read the anonymously-submitted plays, write responses for each script,
and Circle adds up the scores to determine the top 20 plays. The plays are then sent to
Texas Wesleyan University's playwriting class led by published playwright Connie Whitt-Lambert.
Whitt-Lambert and her team will then conduct their evaluations and determine the top eight
plays, four being the finalists, and the other four being semi-finalists.
Should COVID-19 allow, a staged reading of the four finalists' plays will presented on
June 6, 2021. An award ceremony and reception will follow where the semi-finalists and
finalists will receive a stipend, trophy, and tickets donated from local professional theatres.
May 3, 2021 - Deadline for script submission and accompanying materials
June 6, 2021 - In-person (if able) and live-streamed or digital reading of finalists'
Should an in-person gathering not be possible, we will record the readings and stream
them in September 2021.
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Circle Theatre - Monologues
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Our monologues are the most unique portion of our Holiday Punch Party. Each year our patrons
purchase a monologue that we commission a published playwright to create. The monologues,
however, are based on the memories and stories of the patron who purchased it. They are funny,
heartwarming, sad, and silly.
This year we are honored to be able to feature these works:
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About Circle Theatre
Circle Theatre is an established regional theatre in Fort Worth dedicated to
presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate space. Founded in
1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle has premiered over 130 plays to
the city in its 36 seasons.
The Theatre's name is derived from its original location on Bluebonnet Circle.
An interim move to Fort Worth's historic Southside took place in 1987. Seven
years later, Circle renovated and moved into its present home, the basement
space of the Sanger Building in Fort Worth's Sundance Square entertainment
district. Patrons enjoy the Theatre's cozy atmosphere and often comment on the
added benefit of being close to the action on the 125-seat thrust stage.
As a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) with Actors' Equity, Circle Theatre is
committed to providing employment for artists pursuing careers in Texas. The
Theatre also extends opportunities for actors and stage managers to join the
Equity Membership Candidacy Program. Circle serves as an insured umbrella
paymaster for other theatres in Texas that employ Equity actors as guest artists.
A year-round main stage season of five plays with an average run of 20
performances each, Circle's shows are often regional premieres or second or
third staging's of new scripts. The Theatre co-sponsors an annual High School
Playwriting Project, which ends with a public presentation by experienced
actors reading finalist scripts by area students.
Circle Theatre's plays and performances have received many accolades over the
years and been included on multiple Best of Year lists. "Circle Theatre, had
the best batting average on the stage. Circle was the most-cited theater in my
Top Ten lists each year from the Aughts, with 12 shows mentioned" wrote Mark
Lowry, critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and TheatreJones.com.
In August of 2016, Circle suffered the loss of Rose Pearson, Co-founder and
Executive Director. She worked tirelessly to ensure the Theatre's future. Upon
her passing, Bill Newberry, her husband and Circle Co-founder, became the
Executive Director and retired in 2017. Tim Long, who has been a part of the
theatre for the past 18 years, is the new Executive Director. Circle Theatre
is proudly carrying on Rose's legacy by playing an active role in today's
regional theatre movement, here in the city of Fort Worth!
230 W. Fourth Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District