The performance dates are August 6, 12 and 13, at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth's historic Fairmount district. Tickets are $15. Playgoers should remember that Arts Fifth Avenue is just blocks away from the city's bustling restaurant scene on Magnolia.
The ensemble for this edition of SceneShop includes Peggy Bott Kirby, Michael Carver-Simmons, Steven Cashion, Joshua Eguia, Alexandria Fazzarri, Stacy Hernandez, Nicholas Irion, Colton Jones, Seth Johnston, Susan van Belkum and Allison Willoughby. The short works that comprise the show were written by Rob Bosquez and Grayson Harper, in addition to Carver-Simmons, Eguia & Willoughby, Irion and Steven Alan McGaw.
In order, the works contained in "Turn and Face the Strange" are:
"About Aunt Sylvie," written by Steven Alan McGaw, performed by Alexaandria Fazzari and Michael-Carver-Simmons.
"negative space," written by Steven Alan McGaw, performed by Steven Cashion and Peggy Bott Kirby. A combative painter is interviewed for a podcast.
"Glass Cats and Balls of Blue," written by Nicholas Dean Irion and Steven Alan McGaw, performed by Nicholas Dean Irion. A healthy, attractive man in his 20s puzzles over his non-starter of a sex life.
"Enough," written and performed by Allison Willoughby and Joshua Eguia. An unhappy man ponders a drastic decision.
"The Most Magical Night of My Life," written by Michael Carver-Simmons, performed by Stacy Hernandez. A very determined young woman is determined to get what she wants. Repeatedly.
"A Feast of Reason," written by Grayson Harper, performed by Seth Johnston and Colton Jones. A hot meal and the Meaning of Life are the competing concerns of two men who live on the streets.
"Grace of the Dogs," written by Rob Bosquez, performed by Susan van Belkum.
"Cold Feet," written and performed by Michael Carver-Simmons. A family milestone prompts a young man to consider his future.
As always, each performance of SceneShop will feature live music before the show and at intermission. On Saturday, August 6, Mark Philpot will perform. The band Dizzy Willie, led by Bob Francis, will provide music for the shows on August 12 and 13.