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Amphibian Stage's annual Spark Fest consists of three weekends of workshops, staged readings, and comedy events. The festival kicks off with Light Up the Runway & Kickoff Party on July 15, where six influencers make up three teams that compete to create the best gown or costume with limited time and the unusual items we find lying around the theater.

Schedule of events

  • July 15: Light Up the Runway & Kickoff Party
  • July 16 (2 pm): Elusive (First Read) - Charles Jackson Jr.'s Elusive is an experimental dramatic fantasy about the effect that having an absent mother has on a child.
  • July 16 (5 pm): Oleanna Part II (First Read) - Professor and student battle personal beliefs, power dynamics, and politics to find common ground in Chris Cragin-Day's Oleanna Part II.
  • July 16 (8 pm): Sets on Sets - The show where some of the funniest local comedians perform their stand up sets in front of different theatrical backdrops. Featuring comedians Alvin Newsome, Anna Barden, Lilli Lopez, Shahyan Jahani, and Zach Webb.
  • July 17: Storytelling Workshop - Led by Julia Cotton, this workshop will help unique voices find the tools, structure, and levity they need to bring their story to life.
  • July 21 and 23: through a glass darkly (Developmental Reading) - Campers and counselors must bind together to navigate love, loss, mysterious disappearances and alternate dimensions in through a glass darkly by Erin Malone Turner.
  • July 22 and 24: The Amazing, Fabulous and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia (Developmental Reading) - Juan Garcia's plan to make a bold, luxurious return to Oaxaca is perfect, so long as the truth doesn't come out in The Amazing, Fabulous and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia by Kathleen Culebro, translated and adapted from La Verdad Sospechosa by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.
  • July 23 (3 pm): Steven Dietz Playwriting Masterclass - Prolific playwright Steven Dietz brings his playwriting masterclass, The Living Play, to Amphibian Stage.
  • July 23 and 24: Haunted Play (Developmental Reading) - In a time of great uncertainty, how does the Theatre grapple with an enveloping sense of malaise? Find out in Haunted Play (A Tale of the Naïve and Macabre), written and directed by Steven Dietz.
  • July 28: "Reclaiming My Space" Storytelling Performances - Five diverse North Texas artists (J. Davis-Jones, Laila Kharrat, Coyote Rock, Devon Kodzis, and Julia Estelle Cotton) share authentic, personal stories inspired by the prompt “Reclaiming My Space.”
  • July 29 and 30: Ashley Ray - Stand-Up Comic Residency - Ashley Ray is the most famous bisexual solo polyamorous black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles.
  • July 30: "The Craft and Art of Comedy Writing" Panel - Three professional comedic writers and performers - Paul Varghese, Julia Cotton, and Ashley Ray - explain their journey from notebooks and open mics to being featured on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, Adult Swim, VICE, and Cosmopolitan.

Amphibian Stage's annual Spark Fest consists of three weekends of workshops, staged readings, and comedy events. The festival kicks off with Light Up the Runway & Kickoff Party on July 15, where six influencers make up three teams that compete to create the best gown or costume with limited time and the unusual items we find lying around the theater.

Schedule of events

  • July 15: Light Up the Runway & Kickoff Party
  • July 16 (2 pm): Elusive (First Read) - Charles Jackson Jr.'s Elusive is an experimental dramatic fantasy about the effect that having an absent mother has on a child.
  • July 16 (5 pm): Oleanna Part II (First Read) -Professor and student battle personal beliefs, power dynamics, and politics to find common ground in Chris Cragin-Day's Oleanna Part II.
  • July 16 (8 pm): Sets on Sets - The show where some of the funniest local comedians perform their stand up sets in front of different theatrical backdrops. Featuring comedians Alvin Newsome, Anna Barden, Lilli Lopez, Shahyan Jahani, and Zach Webb.
  • July 17: Storytelling Workshop - Led by Julia Cotton, this workshop will help unique voices find the tools, structure, and levity they need to bring their story to life.
  • July 21 and 23: through a glass darkly (Developmental Reading) - Campers and counselors must bind together to navigate love, loss, mysterious disappearances and alternate dimensions in through a glass darkly by Erin Malone Turner.
  • July 22 and 24: The Amazing, Fabulous and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia (Developmental Reading) - Juan Garcia's plan to make a bold, luxurious return to Oaxaca is perfect, so long as the truth doesn't come out in The Amazing, Fabulous and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia by Kathleen Culebro, translated and adapted from La Verdad Sospechosa by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.
  • July 23 (3 pm): Steven Dietz Playwriting Masterclass - Prolific playwright Steven Dietz brings his playwriting masterclass, The Living Play, to Amphibian Stage.
  • July 23 and 24: Haunted Play (Developmental Reading) - In a time of great uncertainty, how does the Theatre grapple with an enveloping sense of malaise? Find out in Haunted Play (A Tale of the Naïve and Macabre), written and directed by Steven Dietz.
  • July 28: "Reclaiming My Space" Storytelling Performances - Five diverse North Texas artists (J. Davis-Jones, Laila Kharrat, Coyote Rock, Devon Kodzis, and Julia Estelle Cotton) share authentic, personal stories inspired by the prompt “Reclaiming My Space.”
  • July 29 and 30: Ashley Ray - Stand-Up Comic Residency - Ashley Ray is the most famous bisexual solo polyamorous black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles.
  • July 30: "The Craft and Art of Comedy Writing" Panel - Three professional comedic writers and performers - Paul Varghese, Julia Cotton, and Ashley Ray - explain their journey from notebooks and open mics to being featured on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, Adult Swim, VICE, and Cosmopolitan.

Amphibian Stage's annual Spark Fest consists of three weekends of workshops, staged readings, and comedy events. The festival kicks off with Light Up the Runway & Kickoff Party on July 15, where six influencers make up three teams that compete to create the best gown or costume with limited time and the unusual items we find lying around the theater.

Schedule of events

  • July 15: Light Up the Runway & Kickoff Party
  • July 16 (2 pm): Elusive (First Read) - Charles Jackson Jr.'s Elusive is an experimental dramatic fantasy about the effect that having an absent mother has on a child.
  • July 16 (5 pm): Oleanna Part II (First Read) -Professor and student battle personal beliefs, power dynamics, and politics to find common ground in Chris Cragin-Day's Oleanna Part II.
  • July 16 (8 pm): Sets on Sets - The show where some of the funniest local comedians perform their stand up sets in front of different theatrical backdrops. Featuring comedians Alvin Newsome, Anna Barden, Lilli Lopez, Shahyan Jahani, and Zach Webb.
  • July 17: Storytelling Workshop - Led by Julia Cotton, this workshop will help unique voices find the tools, structure, and levity they need to bring their story to life.
  • July 21 and 23: through a glass darkly (Developmental Reading) - Campers and counselors must bind together to navigate love, loss, mysterious disappearances and alternate dimensions in through a glass darkly by Erin Malone Turner.
  • July 22 and 24: The Amazing, Fabulous and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia (Developmental Reading) - Juan Garcia's plan to make a bold, luxurious return to Oaxaca is perfect, so long as the truth doesn't come out in The Amazing, Fabulous and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia by Kathleen Culebro, translated and adapted from La Verdad Sospechosa by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.
  • July 23 (3 pm): Steven Dietz Playwriting Masterclass - Prolific playwright Steven Dietz brings his playwriting masterclass, The Living Play, to Amphibian Stage.
  • July 23 and 24: Haunted Play (Developmental Reading) - In a time of great uncertainty, how does the Theatre grapple with an enveloping sense of malaise? Find out in Haunted Play (A Tale of the Naïve and Macabre), written and directed by Steven Dietz.
  • July 28: "Reclaiming My Space" Storytelling Performances - Five diverse North Texas artists (J. Davis-Jones, Laila Kharrat, Coyote Rock, Devon Kodzis, and Julia Estelle Cotton) share authentic, personal stories inspired by the prompt “Reclaiming My Space.”
  • July 29 and 30: Ashley Ray - Stand-Up Comic Residency - Ashley Ray is the most famous bisexual solo polyamorous black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles.
  • July 30: "The Craft and Art of Comedy Writing" Panel - Three professional comedic writers and performers - Paul Varghese, Julia Cotton, and Ashley Ray - explain their journey from notebooks and open mics to being featured on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, Adult Swim, VICE, and Cosmopolitan.

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Amphibian Stage
120 S. Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
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