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Original Works Series


"Love or Best Offer" by Phil Olsen

2023 Original Works Series Selection

Produced by Arts Fort Worth and presented by Resolute Theatre Project 

Directed by Kristal Seid and Amy Cave


Gary Payne as Stan 

Brie Carlson as Cheryl 

Lisa Scott as Lori 

Byron Washington as Dave


"Love or Best Offer" is a delightful romantic comedy that delves into the challenges of online dating. Meet Cheryl, a widow of two years, and Stan, newly divorced and a bit of a computer whiz. Frustrated by their failed blind dates, they heed the advice of their best friends, Lori and Dave, and venture into the world of online dating through the new website, "Friends, Love or Whatever." Armed with what might be the world's worst dating advice, Cheryl and Stan embark on a quest for happiness and true love in the digital age. As they navigate the trials and tribulations of dating, including heartbreak and rejection, they must decide if they're in it for love, or the best offer.


Poster by Fort Worth Graphic Designer Cynthia de la Torre

What is the Original Works Series?

The Original Works Series program creates opportunities for new and emerging playwrights to showcase their work. It has grown exponentially over the years, highlighting the need for opportunities for playwrights. Each year, eight selected scripts are selected to receive a live reading. Those live readings are performed by North Texas theater groups and presented by Arts Fort Worth. From those selected scripts, a panel of theater professionals select one submission to become a fully staged production presented Arts Fort Worth in partnership with other North Texas theater groups, producing more opportunities for theater technicians, performers, and directors. 

Past Original Works Series
2020       2021       2022       2023     

2020 Selected Production

New and Improving

Written by Janae Hatchett

Directed by Sara Herrera

2020 Selected Readings

Enferma by Straton Rushing

Christmas Eve at Maxine's Roadside Bar and Grill by John Mark Day

Tommy Cain by Van Quattro 

To Catch a Predator: A Musical

by Nicholas Zebrun, Katreeva Phillips, and Tyler Cochran

Railbird by David Douglas

In Ninth Grade, I Read Great Expectations by Aaron Settle

The Up and Down Detective Agency

by Mike Byham

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2021 Selected Production


Written by Natalie Guapp
Directed by Araceli Radillo 

2021 Selected Readings

Couples Night by Pete Bakely

Ashes of Aquitaine by Glen "Rusty" Harding and Leigh Wyatt Moore

How We Met and Other Lies We Told Our Parents by Aaron Settle 

Snow White and the Seven Doubts

By Nicholas Zebrun and Katreeva Phillips

Purple-Eyed Teddy by David Douglas

Dominque of the Marsh by Katreeva Phillips

Sassy Old Broads by Mike Byham

Fun World by Lori Isbell

2022 Selected Production

The Texas Book of Beasts

Written by Jeff Irvin
Directed by Staci Ingram

2022 Selected Readings

Eat Crow by Lindsay Hayward

The Diary of Anya Drozdiva

by Phil Darg

Shadows of Men by Colin Speer Crowley 

Fair Trade by Seth Freeman


All Things Evolve by Carl L. Williams

Bunner Sisters by Martin M. Zuckerman

Picasso in Paris by Rich Rubin

A Lovely Day to Kill Your Spouse 

by Lindsey Brown

.... and more

Original Works Series FAQs

Who can apply?

Anyone who has a script can apply! Well, any script that is not planned for production at the time of submission. We also accept scripts with multiple authors. Submit your script here. 

How do scripts get selected? 

All submitted scripts are read by professionals and scored on a rubric. The eight highest rated scripts are selected for a round of readings. From those eight readings, one script is selected for a full production.  

When is the deadline?

Arts Fort Worth accepts scripts through December 1, 2023. We only accept scripts through the Submittable platform. Mailed or emailed scripts will not be accepted.

I wrote a musical based on a novel. Can I submit it? 
Adaptations of previously published material will not be accepted. Arts Fort Worth is not accepting musicals at this time.

What if my script get selected?  

The selected script will be fully produced in the spring of 2025. The author will receive a $500 royalty and is encouraged take part in the rehearsal and development of the new work production process. 

I have another question...

Email us here and we'll do our best to help you "write" away.

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