The New Play Readings Festival

We are happy to announce the dates for this year's New Play Readings Festival, which are January 22-24, 2015.  Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will all be presented.  We're also delighted that each play's author will be in attendance for his or her reading, and audiences are invited to stay for a talk-back after the reading!  

Tickets are $10 per reading or $15 for a Festival pass (free for season subscribers).  For reservations, contact the Box Office at (817) 784-9378.  


First Place 


by Jesse David Johnson of Jackson Heights, NY, Jan 24 7:30pm

After the death of his grandmother, a young man returns to his family home to find that his aging parents and handicapped brother have moved grandma’s belongings into their home, adding to their already cluttered existence. While trying to help them clear away the years of accumulated junk, he makes a shocking discovery about grandma. 

Featuring Amber Devlin, Bert Pigg, Montgomery Sutton, Garrett Hayes Reeves, Gail Cronauer, and directed by Garret Storms.


Second Place

Poor Sports 

by Kyle John Schmidt of Austin, TX, Jan 23 7:30pm

When Rachelle takes Mandy’s position on the high school softball team, their alcoholic mothers face off in a brutal war of blackmail, backbiting, and binge drinking.  But when the girls unexpectedly quit the team, their mothers find they’re not ready to move on. Poor Sports is a gritty look at small-town moms finding life after losing the game.

Featuring Shannon McGrann, Emily Scott Banks, Jakie Cabe, Bill Jenkins, Georgia Clinton, and directed by Tina Parker. 


Third Place 

The Last Night in Popbelly 

by Margaret Miller of Dublin, Ireland, Jan 22 7:30pm

This bizarre story takes place in tiny Popbelly, Texas.  Population 38.  It’s a stormy night and the inhabitants of Popbelly are struggling with the past and the desolate future while getting drunk, shooting rifles and stumbling across hidden family secrets.

Featuring Nancy Sherrard, Jessica Cavanagh, Cliff Stephens, Tom Lenaghen, Elly Lindsay, Greg Holt, and directed by Garret Storms.