Produced by
Mimi Holloway

Five Plays | Five Directors | Five Casts

One Fantastic Evening!

(Not covered by Season Tickets) 

2019 Performance Dates

Fridays & Saturdays
July 19–Aug 3 at 8pm
Matinee, Sunday July 28 at 3pm

The FOO consists of five 20-minute original plays by five different playwrights, with five different directors and five different casts. It is an eclectic grouping of plays submitted from all over the U.S., as well as a number of foreign countries. Scroll to the bottom for submission guidelines and information for consideration.

Submission Deadline is extended to 4/15/2020 

2020 FOO Selected Plays will be announced at the end of May

Here's what was selected for last year's FOO:


Foxgloves by Sandra Hosking

Directed by Matt Prideaux


Constance lives at home tending to her invalid mother and a greenhouse full of poisonous flowers. When little sister Wren comes home to visit after starting a career in the city she finds mama isn't doing as well under the care of Constance as the flowers.


Wren – Rhianna Gallow

Constance – Tausheli McClure


We Do What We Must by Paulette MacDougal

Directed by J. Eric Dunlap


In 1944 Poland during World War II, Anna, a young Polish woman newly arrived in Krakow, has been working with the underground resistance movement. Alone on Christmas Eve and feeling lonely, she invites Tolek, her only acquaintance in the city, to spend the evening with her. Tolek brings with him a Jewish fugitive named Jacob who has just escaped the Nazis.


Anna – Sydney Dunlap

Tolek – Brian Heaton

German Officer – Michael Raabe

Jacob – Thomas Rincones


Dinner Theatre by Alex Goldberg

Directed by Jay Menchaca


To add some spark to their marriage, David and Eliza have made an agreement where they can sleep with other people. And while David was the instigator of this agreement, it becomes clear that Eliza is benefiting from it much, much more...


David – Lance Stodghill

Eliza – Brit Garcia

Nick – Francisco Ramos


Live a Little by Jim Craft

Directed by Steve Carpentier


Jerry Sawyer's sudden retirement seems to have drained him of all vitality. In a desperate attempt to shock Jerry out of his funk, his wife Maggie arranges a special birthday surprise - a hooker named Sharon.


Jerry Sawyer – John Stevens

Maggie Sawyer – Janye Anderson

Sharon Page – Brittany Clare Roberts


The Waiting Room by Steven Doloff

Directed by Scott McWhirter


Morris Rothman has been in the hospital waiting room for quite some time now. Just waiting, and talking to any stranger that might come to wait there as well or just pop in for coffee. He likes to talk. His wife went into surgery earlier in the morning. And he's just been waiting. Just waiting it out.


Morris – Rob Lowe

Coffee Drinker – Matt Misamore

Rhonda – Rickitha Dorsey

Hospital Official – Amy Tang

Dr. Charney – Sri Vengalathur


Submissions for the 2020 festival of originals Deadline is 3/31/2020. Guidelines are listed below. (Please note, guidelines are subject to change at the discretion of TSW.) 


General guidelines

  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.

  • Monologues and one man/woman plays are not accepted.

  • All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.

  • All plays should be approximately 20 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 17-22 pages, excluding title page).

  • There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Submission guidelines

  • NEW MANDATORY GUIDELINE: DO NOT staple scripts. Scripts must be securely bound by either a three-hole punch with brads or a folder with three-prong fasteners. .

  • Scripts are accepted by mail only (no email or PDFs) and must be postmarked by March 15, 2019. Scripts are not returned.

  • Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information (address, phone and email), as well as a list of characters and a brief, one paragraph synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.

  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.


Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event. 
The five selected authors each receive a $100 stipend.

Mail entries (postmarked by March 15)  to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063



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