A set inside a 70-seat theater nears completion on Feb. 9.

On one end of the set, a ramp decorated with plastic leaves and vines. On the other, a beautiful gazebo-like circle has differently-sized pillars. All props were handmade.

Jason Morgan, the executive director of the Stolen Shakespeare Guild, helped add the finishing touches to the set. The guild will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., through March 5.

“This theater company has been in existence for over 15 years. It started out kind of like a student project for me when I was getting my master’s at Texas Woman’s University,” Morgan said. “And then, when I graduated from there, I kept it going.”

The roughly 20-person cast opened the shows on Feb. 10, but months of work made that possible.

“The design of all this started like three months ago with just figuring out what we wanted to do. The building phase started on Saturday,” Morgan said. “It usually takes about two to three days.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in a Regency-esque era — an era from 1811 to 1820, and The Winter’s Tale will have Elizabethan costuming, Morgan said.

Morgan said the biggest goal for the show is for people to see them.

“That’s pretty much it. Hopefully, people come out and see it,” he said. “The opening night is sold out.”

If you go

What: Stolen Shakespeare Festival 2023. The festival is directed by Lauren and Jason Morgan with Jule Nelson-Duac.

When: The festival runs Feb. 10, 2023, through March 5, 2023

Where: Arts Fort Worth, 1300 Gendy St. in the Sanders Theater.

Tickets:, www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.

Cost: Individual Ticket Pricing for the Festival:

Opening night: $15

Friday nights: Adult $20 / Senior or students $18 / child 12 and under $15

Saturday nights: Adult $26/ Senior or students $24.00 / child 12 and under $15

Matinees: $24 / child 12 and under $15 

Thursday nights: $15

Source: Stolen Shakespeare Guild

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...