Now in its third year, the Original Works Series program creates opportunities for new and emerging playwrights to showcase their work. All eligible scripts will receive a live reading in 2022 and a panel of theater professionals selected one submission,
Jeff Irvin's The Texas Book of Beasts to become a fully staged production at Arts Fort Worth in the Spring of 2023!
The 2022 Original Works Selection, Jeff Irvin’s “The Texas Book of Beasts” is told through a series of 25 short scenes featuring four characters: a property developer, a university professor, an idealistic biologist, and a toad. This cast of characters is involved in raucous public meetings as the twenty-something woman learns to organize a diverse community to save the endangered toad's habitat from a large encroaching development. Featuring metaphors in verse, interjections in unison, and group movements that mimic Texas fauna, "Texas Book of Beasts" is a melodrama and romantic comedy about learning to recognize a sharp brain and a good heart.