the arts center presents
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-Saturday, July 10–25th at 7:30 PM
Price: $15 per ticket
DIRECTED BY: Bert Pigg
CAST: Jason Leyva and Shawn Gann
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 was performed at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and ran Thursday through Saturday, November 14 –24 at 8 p.m., with Sunday performances taking place at 2 p.m.
Carter Frost, Shawn Gann, David Graham, Joshua Hahlen,
Meagan Harris, Andrew Manning, and Malcolm Stephenson*
*Actors Equity Association member
CAT JIMENEZ (Associate Theatre Critic)
Best Local Productions:
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.
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Malcolm Stephenson as Captain Robert Falcon Scott in
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Carter Frost as Edgar “Taffy” Evans in Terra Nova
David Graham as Amundsen in Terra Nova
Bert Pigg for Terra Nova (Fort Worth Performing Arts Center)
Best Light Design:
Brian Douglas for Terra Nova (Fort Worth Community Arts Center)
Photo credit: Leslie Boren of Urban Photography
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 was performed at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and ran Thursday through Saturday, March 21–31 at 8 p.m., with Sunday performances taking place at 2 p.m.
Shawn Gann, Jason Leyva, Zach Leyva, and Bert Pigg*
*Actors Equity Association member
ANN SAUCER (Associate Theatre Critic)
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.
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is a member of the Tarrant County Live Theatre League and fully a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth.