The Festival of Originals was first produced at Theatre Southwest in 1997.

The festival was originally conceived to feature Houston writers and consisted of  5 original plays, each 20 minutes long. and eventually grew so much in popularity that writers throughout the world submitting their plays for the FOO.

Each year Theatre Southwest receives over 500 submissions for consideration in the Festival of Originals.

The Festival of Originals is not included in the regular season tickets.