2021 Original Works Series
The Original Works Series program creates opportunities for new and emerging playwrights to showcase their work. All eligible scripts will received a live reading in 2021 and a panel of theater professionals selected one submission, Dig by Natalie Guapp, for a fully staged production at Arts Fort Worth in the Spring of 2022, which had been delayed due to the pandemic.
2021 Original Works Series Selection
Written by Natalie Guapp
Directed by Araceli Radillo
The Dewitt brothers despise each other. Young attorney Victor has had their small town home in his rearview mirror for years, pursuing his career in a metropolitan city. Eliot has become a virtual recluse caring for their mother, Lina, who is staging with Alzheimer's. But now Vic's back, prompted by a disturbing call from a neighbor. Vic is set to interrogate his brother about the present situation, but Eliot has his own slate of questions about the past. Even Lina has an agenda. She's out in the back lot. Digging. Morning 'til night. And she's just about to uncover the answers her sons are looking for, whether they're ready-or not.
Natalie Gaupp has developed her plays with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's New Play Development Workshop (Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, New York City, Toronto), Inner Space Theatre (New York City, New York), Pelican Theatre (Miami, Florida), Amarillo Little Theatre (Texas), Fronterafest (Austin, Texas), WaterTower Theatre New Works Festival and Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (Addison, Texas), and La MaMa Umbria International (Spoleto, Italy). She has received grant funding for her work from The Hillcrest Foundation, Variety Club of North Texas, and the Japan-America Society Sun & Star Festival, and was awarded the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Kernodle New Play Award for her script, Lots of Greed and Avarice Going Down. Additionally, Gaupp is Producing Artistic Director for Spare Room Productions and a longtime contributor to SceneShop (Fort Worth, Texas). She serves as Assistant Professor of Instruction for the University of Texas at Arlington's Department of Theatre Arts, and Playwright-in-Residence for the Maverick Theatre Company.
Araceli Radillo (she/her) is honored to be a part of the Original Works Series with Arts Fort Worth. She earned her BFA in performance at the University of Texas at Arlington and a MA from Texas Woman’s University. Her directorial debut was Laughing Wild (L.I.P. Service). She would like to thank her friends, family, and husband for their continued support, Jason for this opportunity, and Natalie for sharing such a haunting story.