the arts center presents

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is a member of the Tarrant County Live Theatre League and fully a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth. 

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The Arts Center is excited to mount a live production of Fernando Arrabals’s “The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria.” Arrabal’s surreal, absurdist play challenges the audience’s notion that ethics and justice are undermined by human weakness as the main character imparts the idea of morality in an attempt to “civilize” the sole inhabitant of a desert island.
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spread out to enjoy the shaded circle drive in front of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The outdoor venue allows the Arts Council to provide a safe environment for enjoying live theater while providing space for social distancing.
 

The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria 

Front Lawn,

Fort Worth Community Arts Center 

Friday and Saturday, May 7-29, 2021

7:30 p.m.

DIRECTED BY

Bert Pigg

CAST

Shawn Gann and Meagan Harris

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Through Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

The Arts Center Presents will offer its third production, (and first to take place outdoors) Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. This absurdist, one-act play examines themes that will resonate with all of us in this time: isolation and the never-ending struggle to communicate and connect.

Audiences will enjoy pre-show live music and shaded seating on the covered veranda of the Arts Center. This novel venue choice not only suits Edward Albee’s play, but it also allows the Arts Council to provide a safe environment for enjoying live theater while providing space for physical distancing. Tickets are limited for each performance.

The Zoo Story  

The Sheila and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery,

Fort Worth Community Arts Center 

Friday and Saturday, June 10, 2020

7:30 p.m.

 

DIRECTED BY

Bert Pigg

 

CAST

Jason Leyva and Shawn Gann

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Cast members from left to right: (Standing) Andrew Manning, Malcolm Stephenson, Joshua Hahlen; (Front row) Shawn Gann and David Graham. Photo credit: Adriana Bate

Ted Tally's Terra Nova was the second production of The Arts Center Presents, the Fort Worth Community Art Center’s newly formed production company. The production was led by Production Manager Jason Leyva and a talented troupe of performers, including Actors Equity Association (AEA) members. 
 
Terra Nova follows Royal Navy officer Robert Scott’s race against Norwegian Roald Amundsen to be the first to reach the South Pole. Drawn from the journals and letters found on the frozen body of Captain Scott, this Obie-winning play reveals how the men courageously came face to face with their inevitable death as they march toward their goal.
 
Terra Nova 
Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre,
Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Thursday th
rough Saturday, November 14 –24, 2019 at 8 p.m.,
Sunday performances taking place at 2 p.m
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DIRECTED BY
Bert Pigg

CAST
Carter Frost, Shawn Gann, David Graham, Joshua Hahlen,
Meagan Harris, Andrew Manning, and Malcolm Stephenson* 
 
*Actors Equity Association member

Read the Theater Jones review here.

Read The Column review here.
 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Best Local Productions, The Column Awards

Terra Nova (Fort Worth Community Arts Center)

"This execution of the retelling of the tragic story of the Terra Nova expedition made the atmosphere in the theatre thick with rich, true emotion. These actors brought the team of the Terra Nova back to life, and the audience was right there in the cold Antarctic desert with them. Every sense of homesickness, anxiety, fear, loss, isolation was translated so realistically. This show truly took a story that we all know the ending ton and keep it riveting, gut-wrenching, and fresh." Cat Jiminez, Associate Theater Critic

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Column Awards

Malcolm Stephenson as Captain Robert Falcon Scott in Terra Nova

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Column Awards

Carter Frost as Edgar “Taffy” Evans in Terra Nova

David Graham as Amundsen in Terra Nova

 

Best Director, The Column Awards

Bert Pigg for Terra Nova (Fort Worth Community Arts Center)

 

Best Light Design, The Column Awards

Brian Douglas for Terra Nova (Fort Worth Community Arts Center)

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The Fort Worth Community Arts, in association with Dramatists Play Service, was proud to announce the first production of The Arts Center Presents Waiting For Godot. The production was led by Production Manager Jason Leyva and a talented troupe of performers, including Actors Equity Association (AEA) members. 

Two bedraggled and weary companions, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for an unspecified person named Godot beneath a lone and nearly lifeless tree. Debating philosophical, remembering past events and meeting and meeting again, strangers as they wait. And wait. And wait.

Waiting For Godot 
Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre,
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Thursday through Saturday, March 21–31, 2019 at 8 p.m.,
Sunday performances taking place at 2 p.m.
DIRECTED BY
Seth Johnston
CAST
Shawn Gann, Jason Leyva, Zach Leyva, and Bert Pigg* 
*Actors Equity Association member
 
Read The Column review here. 

Photo credit: Leslie Boren of Urban Photography 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Best Play, The Column Awards

Waiting for Godot (Fort Worth Community Arts Center)

"When done well, Beckett is searing in its intensity, and this production was stellar. The performances were perfection, as well as memorable." Ann Saucer, Associate Theater Critic

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