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2022 Original Works Series

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2022's 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.  

Jeff Irvin is the author of “High Noon in the Styrofoam with Timely Nick and Betty Brown” (Dramatic Publishing), a series of three comic melodramas commonly used as community fundraisers. “The Texas Book of Beasts” is derived from a series of shorter 25-minute works: “Emily’s Unusual Morning” (workshop performance at State Theatre in Austin), and three pieces performed at the FronteraFest Short Fringe (“The Texas Book of Beasts,” “The Texas Book of Beasts: Year of the Gar,” and “The Texas Book of Beasts: Year of the Rooster”) at the Hyde Park Theatre in Austin in 2018, 2019, and 2020. He has been a member of ScriptWorks since 2015.

Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre

Friday -Sunday, March 10-26

Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.​

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Directed by Staci Ingram

Stage Manager, Sara Blair

CAST & CREW
Actor 1: Developer............................. Lainey Brock
Actor 2: Professor............................... Tyler Dorney
Actor 3: Toad....................................... Corina Sosa
Actor 4: Toad, Gar.............................. Trevor Smith
Actor 5: Hero.................. Lauren Elizabeth Moreau
Actor 6: Lead Clerk................... Ronald Fernandez
Actor 7: Drop Clerk......................... Amanda Reyes
Actor 8: Theatre Teacher................. Cynthia Beene
Director............................................... Staci Ingram
Stage Manager........................................ Sara Blair
Lights.................................................. Penny Smith
Video Projection................................... Tim Fetters
Set Design........................................... Jason Leyva
Scenic Painting........................ Lily Stapp-Courtney
Costumes & Props............................... Cast & Crew
Crew/Board Op...............................Damion Skaggs

2022 Original Works Series Virtual Readings

Learn more about the Original Works Series featuring the selected work, author interviews and virtual readings.

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