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Our Story...a brief history

Hip Pocket Theatre was founded in 1976 by Johnny and Diane Simons and Douglas Balentine, but its “grass roots” origins go back much earlier. Johnny and Diane both earned Masters Degrees from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Johnny temporarily left to act in New York, but returned to school and went to work at Casa Mañana writing and directing children’s plays. He then moved to Houston where Diane was propmaster at the Alley Theatre and Johnny put on pantomime performances in public parks and taught mime and stage movement at the University of Houston.

Douglas met Johnny when he was sixteen and Johnny was director at Casa Mañana. Douglas went on to work as a stage manager for Casa Mañana and the National Opera Company, out of Raleigh, North Carolina. After moving back to Fort Worth, the two met again while Douglas was performing at a local piano bar called The Red Slipper. Johnny asked Douglas to perform the role of J. Frank Norris, a preacher and rock ’n roll piano player, in a new play commissioned by the Texas Bicentennial Committee based on Fort Worth’s history - “Out Where the West Begins” - an early version of “Cowtown!”
The production was to be staged at Casa Mañana for an audience of school children. This meeting brought together some of the founding ensemble members of the Hip Pocket Theatre, Jimmy Joe, Grover Coulson, Gary Cunningham and Julie Ballew.

“Out Where the West Begins” brought together the theatrical and musical talents of the Hip Pocket Theatre ensemble and created a team led by the vision of Johnny Simons that has staged more than 237 productions, including over 150 world premieres during the past thirty-seven years. The first season, in 1977, was at a renovated motel on Highway 80 where Diane did the costuming and ran the business side of the theater. Johnny and Douglas did carpentry, roofing and electrical work in addition to their other tasks of writing, directing and composing for each of the plays.

The founding of the Hip Pocket Theatre is also associated with the first production of “The Lake Worth Monster”, written by Johnny for his Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University. This landmark production was staged in the Solarium at the Fort Worth Art Museum and began a career for Johnny and Diane Simons that has lasted for 37 years…so far.

At the Highway 80 location, the Hip Pocket Theatre put on 21 plays including “Cowtown!”, “Tarzan of the Apes”, “Tommy”, “In Watermelon Sugar”, “Peter Pan”, “Van Gogh/Gauguin”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Tartuffe”, “The Veldt” and others. The Hip Pocket Theatre left the Highway 80 location and moved to the Oak Acres Amphitheater in 1980. They remained at this location until 2004 when they moved to their current location on Silver Creek Road.

While at Oak Acres, the theatre also put on plays at other locations including the Kimbell Art Museum; with whom they put on plays for 5 years. These plays included “The Impresario” by Bernini, the “Spanish Brabanter” by Bredero, “La Fontaine’s Fable in Mime and Song”, “A Christmas Carol”, “The Beggar’s Opera” and others. The theater also performed plays at the White Elephant in the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Inwood Theater, The University of North Texas, San Antonio, the Dallas Children’s Theater and Duke University. The theater was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland and was the first company to perform in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. They took three plays with them including “Elder Oaks”, “Tarzan of the Oaks” and “Ely Green and the Royal Flying Corps O’ Cowtown!”.

The Hip Pocket Theatre has a long history of impressive Outreach Programs and has presented workshops in conjunction with the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Neighborhood Arts Program, Azle ISD, Bass Performance Hall, Bethlehem Community Center, Birdville ISD, Boys and Girls Club, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth ISD, Imagination Celebration, John Peter Smith Hospital, Kid Code Blue Program, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Paris ISD, Poly Community Center, RetroFest, Southwest Theatre Association, Texas Boys Choir, Texas Non-Profit Theatre Association, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Wesley Community Center and others.

Funding for the Hip Pocket Theatre has come from private donations along with organizations such as the Citigroup Charitable Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, TUW Rhodes Charitable Trust
, Burlington Northern, Communities Foundation of Metropolitan Tarrant County, Cap Cities, American Express, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Star-Telegram, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Fund for New American Plays, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Imagination Celebration and many others.

2016 (40th Season)

Mr. Weaver’s Backyard Circus Presents “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”, by Mark Twain, stage adaptation by Johnny Simons
The Distant Echo of Ancient Youth, by Johnny Simons (World Premier)
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605) adapted and directed by Lake Simons with Music by John Dyer
The Lake Worth Monster - A Musical Odyssey, by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine
Hip Film Fest:
     
Bad Girls in the Big City (2003)
     
The Three Cuckolds (1985)
     
Preview For The Spacefleet Landing On Earth in 2001 A.D. by Uriel, Cosmic Visionary (2002)
   

2015 (39th Season)

The Enchanted Lake (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Tree Pop (by Lake Simons and John Dyer with music by John Dyer)
LILI (Adapted by James Maynard)
Killer Shrews (Adapted by Johnny Simons with music by Michael H. Price)
Hip Film Fest (by Johnny Simons - 3 unique nights)

2014 (38th Season)

Pinocchio Commedia (by Carlo Collodi, adapted by Johnny Simons)
Rose Nose Rhapsody (by Lake Simons and John Dyer with music by John Dyer)
Nekkid With The Cats, A Wisepecker Conundrum (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (adapted by Johnny Simons with Michael H. Price)
Hip Film Fest With Memaw And Her Spam Surprise (by Johnny Simons - 3 unique nights)

2013 (37th Season)

Archy & Mehitable (Shinbone Alley) (by Joe Darion and Mel Brooks, Directed by Sharon Benge)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carol - adapted by Lake Simons and John Dyer with music by John Dyer)
A Tempest (by William Shakespeare, adapted by Lake Simons)
Sassafras, Poppy Cock, and Prittleprattle with Lum and Abner (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Fuzzbug Follies (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

2012 (36th Season)

Tom Sawyer (a banjo commedia) (by Mark Twain, adapted by Johnny Simons)
Moby Dick (by Herman Melville, adapted by Lake Simons and John Dyer - World Premiere)
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle (by Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, adapted by Johnny Simons from Golden Age Sheena, with music by Michael H. Price - World Premiere)
The Hawkline Monster (A Gothic Western) (by Richard Brautigan, adapted by Johnny Simons with music by Darrin Kobetich - World Premiere)
Solo Molemo! And the Long, Tall Sallys! (by Johnny Simons with Julie Ballew and Gracey Tune - World Premiere)

2011 (35th Season)

Girls From Girdleville Defend Men In BVD's From Bullies In Briefs (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Wind Set-up (by Lake Simons - World Premiere)
Siddhartha (by Hermann Hesse, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Butterfly's Evil Spell (by Federico Garcia Lorca, directed by Johnny Simons)
Paradoxical Abduction On Silver Creek - Top Secret - Eyes Only (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

2010 (34th Season)

The Angel Play - A Suicide Burlesque (by Lake Simons - World Premiere)
Etiquette Unraveled (by Lake Simons)
Edward Abbey - Wild And Iron Sky (by John Carlisle Moore - World Premiere)
Lowdown Wax (by Lake Simons with music by the Squirrel Nut Zippers - World Premiere)
Circus Salome (adapted by David Yeakle - World Premiere)
On The Origins Of The Specifics - The Musical (by John Carlisle Moore with music by Joe Rogers - World Premiere)

2009 (33rd Season)

Howl (by Allen Ginsberg, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Prophet (by Kahlil Gibran, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Ugly Brothers Present A Perfectly Lovely Play Featuring The Quiver Sisters And Their Pretty Little Ways (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
White Elephant (by Lake Simons and John Dyer)
A Princess Of Mars (by Edgar Rice Burroughs, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

2008 (32nd Season)

Cootie Pancake (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Water Bearer's Dream (by Gabrielle Roth and Lorca Simons - World Premiere)
Dreams Do Not Care (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Island Of Dr. Moreau (by H.G. Wells, adapted by Johnny Simons, costumes by Basil Twist - World Premiere)
The Last Lake Rat (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

2007 (31st Season)

A Wisepecker Christmas (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Trio Molemo! (by Johnny, Lake and Lorca Simons - World Premiere)
Crazed Caged Rage (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Doggies And The Kitty (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Aurora Ephemerala (by Johnny Simons with music by Michael H. Price - World Premiere)

2006 (30th Season)

The Diaries of Adam and Eve (by Mark Twain, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Real True Story Of Ducy The Pucy (by Johnny Simons)
R. Crumb Comix IV (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
How I Fixed My Engine With Rose Water (adapted by Lake Simons and John Dyer from "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943)
In Watermelon Sugar (by Richard Brautigan, adapted by Johnny Simons)

2005 (29th Season)

Mars Needs Women (adapted from the 1967 movie by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Mr. Peabody And The Mermaid (adapted by Lake Simons - World Premiere)
Ally Oop (by V.T. Hamlin, adapted by Johnny Simons with music by Michael H. Price - World Premiere)
Ruby Ann's Rapture (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Wolfman (by Curt Siodmak, adapted by Johnny Simons with music by Michel H. Price - World Premiere)

2004 (28th Season)
First season at
Silver Creek Amphitheatre

What's Inside The Egg (by Lake Simons - World Premiere)
Return To Girdleville With Men In BVD's (A Brief Sequel) (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Up In Auntie's Attic (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Honky Tonk (by Greg Vore - World Premiere)
Yeti Songs From Mount Analogue (by Johnny Simons from René Daumal - World Premiere)

Move to Silver Creek Amphitheatre

2003 (27th Season)
Final season at Oak Acres

Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (by Mark Twain, adapted by Johnny Simons)
Bad Girls In The Big City (adapted by Johnny Simons)
Alice In Wonderland (by Lewis Carol, adapted by Lake Simons and John Dyer)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (by William Shakespeare)
Pinky And B.B. In Paradise (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Mr. Weaver's Backyard Circus Presents Hiawatha (by Johnny Simons adapted from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - World Premiere)

2002 (26th Season)

Preview For The Spacefleet Landing On Earth In 2001 A.D. By Uriel, Cosmic Visionary (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Molemo! (by Johnny Simons)
Paper Plane (by Lake Simons - World Premiere)
Savage/Love (adapted by Gabrielle Roth from Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin - World Premiere)
La Strada (by Federico Fellini, adapted by Tony Medlin - World Premiere)
Beyond Blue Hole (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Kafka - A Hunger Artist (adapted by Johnny Simons from Kafka - World Premiere)

2001 (25th Season)

The Pantalone Follies (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Such And Such Festival 2, An Evening Of Original Works (by Various Playwrights)
On The Road (by Jack Kerouac, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Three Old Cucks (adapted by Johnny Simons)
Lake Suite (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Unc' Billy Possum (by Johnny Simons from Thornton W. Burgess - World Premiere)
El Tigre (Directed by Diane Simons, performed at the University of Texas at Arlington)

2000 (24th Season)

Pinocchio Commedia (by Carlo Collodi, adapted by Johnny Simons)
Such And Such Festival, An Evening Of Original Works (by Various playwrights)
The Rainmaker (by Richard Nash)
Waiting For Godot (by Samuel Beckett)
Tobacco Road (by Erskine Caldwell)
El Maleficio De La Mariposa (adapted by Greg Vore from Federico Garcia Lorca)

1999 (23rd Season)

Cowtown! A Bunch O' Wildness (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
Such And Such Festival, An Evening Of Original Works (by Various playwrights)
Old River High (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
R. Crumb Comix III (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Dogman (by Lake Simons)
Lilith Of The Lake (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

1998 (22nd Season)

A Frog In His Throat (by Georges Feydeau, 1888)
Rhinoceros (by Eugène Ionesco)
Fatty In Babylon (by Pete Gooch - World Premiere)
Inky Pod (by Lake Simons - World Premiere)
In Watermelon Sugar (by Richard Brautigan, adapted by Johnny Simons)

1997 (21st Season)

The Noses And The Toeses And The Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldas (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Daughters Of Zeeack (by Johnny Simons)
Adventures With June And Scotty (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Meema Sextet (by Johnny Simons)
Old Coots Read Genesis, 1-8 (King James Version) (adapted and directed by Johnny Simons)

1996 (20th Season)

Folk Mime Tales (adapted by Gary Cunningham - World Premiere)
Riders Of The Purple Sage (by Zane Grey, adapted by James Maynard and Johnny Simons, Directed by Joe Chapa)
Every Man His Own Football! The Devine Madness Of Dada Cabaret (by Pete Gooch - World Premiere)
Lysistrata (by Aristophanes, Directed by Mary Lou Hoyle)
The Skin Of Our Teeth (by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Andrew C. Gaupp)
Eggheads (adapted and directed by David Yeakle)

1995 (19th Season)

The Head, Hands And Toes Show (by Johnny Simons)
Daughters Of Zeeack (by Johnny Simons, performed at the Jazz Café on Magnolia Street - World Premiere)
Mountebanks Changing Place, A Harlequinade (performed at the Jazz Café on Magnolia Street - World Premiere)
Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted and directed by Johnny Simons, performed at the Jazz Café on Magnolia Street)
Swank City (by Pete Gooch, music by Jim Toler, performed at the Jazz Café on Magnolia Street - World Premiere)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (by Edmund H. North, adapted by James Maynard, Directed by Gregory Vore, performed at the Jazz Café on Magnolia Street - World Premiere)
A Bowl Of Red (by Frank X. Tolbert, adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine, Directed by Johnny Simons, performed at the Jazz Café on Magnolia Street)

1994 (18th Season)

The Nose Show! A One-Man Pantomime (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Three Cuckolds (adapted by Leon Katz)
Hubcaps Afire Over Hollywood: The True Fantasy Of Ed Wood Junior (by Pete Gooch and Steve Carter - World Premiere)
The Big Fat Christmas Goose (by Michael H. Price and Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Adventures With Jesus, Luke 1-24 (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Lake Of The Apes (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Girls From Girdleville Greet Men In BVD's! (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Flying Saucers - A Modern Myth Of Things Seen In The Skies By C.G. Jung (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

1993 (17th Season)

Huzzytown (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Tempest (by William Shakespeare)
St. Joan Of The Stockyards (by Bertolt Brecht)
The Scarfish Vibrato (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Everyman (Anonymous)

1992 (16th Season)

A Saga Of Billy The Kid (by Johnny Simons and Art Davis)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (by William Shakespeare)
Baby Doll (by Tennessee Williams)
Nightmare Alley Starring Tyrone Power (by Johnny Simons and Steve Carter - World Premiere)
Sleepy Hollow, A Headless Tale (by Washington Irving, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)

1991 (15th Season)

Cowtown! (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
Pinocchio Commedia (by Carlo Collodi, adapted by Johnny Simons)
Picnic (by William Inge)
The Butterfly's Evil Spell (by Federico Garcia Lorca)
The Bride Of Frankenstein (adapted by David Yeakle - World Premiere)

1990 (14th Season)

R. Crumb Comix II (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Shazam! (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Kuru (by Josh Manheimer)
A Covey Of Ones (Evening Of One-Acts) (by Various playwrights)
Molemo! (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Tom Sawyer (A Banjo Commedia) (by Mark Twain, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Blob (by Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)

1989 (13th Season)

The Scarecrow (by Percy MacKaye, adapted by Leah Buchanan and Blake Newman - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Adventures Of The Shadow Starring Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane (by Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Dreams, Schemes, And Imaginings (by Art Davis and Cynthia Griffin Davis - touring production - World Premiere)
Young Dowds (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Attack Of The B-Girls (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
The Lake Worth Monster (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
Even If You Can Stop The Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy New York! III (collaborative script - World Premiere)
La Fontaine's Fables In Mime And Song (adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - touring production)

1988 (12th Season)

The Lady Vanishes (adapted by James Maynard - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Live From Ft. Worth, It's Saturday Night! (collaborative script - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Wild Man Of The Navidad (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Tarzan Of The Apes (by Edgar Rice Burroughs, adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
Widows (by Ariel Dorfman - World Premiere)
A Lil' Green Fall (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Mad Dog Blues (by Sam Shepard)
Old Coots Read Genesis 1 Through 8 (King James Version) (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Petrushka (Russian Folk Tale) (adapted by Art Davis and Cynthia Griffin Davis - World Premiere)

1987 (11th Season)

Lucy And Desi Vs. The Killer Shrews (by James Maynard - performed at the White Elephant Saloon)
Nova's Shady Grove (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at the White Elephant Saloon)
The Real True Story Of Ducy The Pucy (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Our Town (by Thorton Wilder)
Women In Slips (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Van Gogh/Gauguin (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
A Bowl Of Red (by Frank X. Tolbert, adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Puppetmaster (by Douglas Balentine and James Maynard - performed at Caravan of Dreams - World Premiere)

1986 (10th Season)

The Mandrake (by Niccolo Machiavelli - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum)
The Meema Sextet (by Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Freaks (adapted by James Maynard and Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Peter Pan (by James Barrie)
On Beast Beach (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Old Tarzan (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
In Watermelon Sugar (by Richard Brautigan, adapted by Johnny Simons)

1985 (9th Season)

The Three Cuckolds (adapted by Leon Katz)
Adventures With June And Scotty (by Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Kerouac: A Remembrance (by John Murphy and Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Riders Of The Purple Sage (by Zane Grey, adapted by Johnny Simons and James Maynard - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
R. Crumb Comix (by Robert Crumb and Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
A Date With Judy (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Crimson Pirate (adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
When Worlds Collide (by Phillip Wylie and Edwin Balmer, adapted by James Maynard - World Premiere)
The Second Shepherd's Play (Anonymous)

1984 (8th Season)

The Beggar's Opera (by John Gay, adapted by Johnny Simons, music adapted by Gary Meyer - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum)
Barbecue Joints, Chili Dogs, And Brazen Hussies (by Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon - World Premiere)
Cowboy Mouth and Cowboys 2 (2 plays) (by Sam Shepard - performed at the White Elephant Saloon)
Mind Mimes (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Head, Hands, And Toes Show (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
The Maltese Falcon (by Dashiel Hammett, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Underneath The Top Down (A Cowtown Brigadoon) (by Johnny Simons - World Premiere)
Mirandolina (Mistress Of The Inn) (by Carlos Goldoni)
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (adapted by James Maynard - World Premiere)
Tales Of The Arabian Nights (adapted by Johnny Simons - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum - World Premiere)

1983 (7th Season)

Spanish Brabanter, Part II (by G.A. Bredero - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum - World Premiere)
La Fontaine's Fables In Mime And Song (adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum - World Premeire)

Inventational Performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England.

Elder Oaks (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at Oak Acres and at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and at St. Cuthbert's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland - World Premiere)

Tarzan Of The Oaks (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at Oak Acres and at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and at St. Cuthbert's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland - World Premiere)

Ely Green And The Royal Flying Corps O' Cowtown (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at Oak Acres and at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and at St. Cuthbert's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland - World Premiere)

At Oak Acres

Worksong (by The Talking Band - A New York-based troupe)
Even If You Can Stop The Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy New York! II (collaborative script - World Premiere)
A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens, adapted by Johnny Simons - performed at the White Elephant Saloon and Kimbell Art Museum)

1982 (6th Season)

The Impressario (by Gianlorenzo Bernini - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum - World Premiere)
Raggedy Farm (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
Clown Alley, Circus Days (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Sex Kittens Go To College (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Cowtown! (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
Spanish Brabanter, Part I (by G.A. Bredero - performed at the Kimbell Art Museum - World Premiere)

1981 (5th Season)

Return Of The Creature (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - performed at Casino Beach, Lake Worth, Texas - World Premiere)
Pinocchio Commedia (by Carlo Collodi, adapted by Johnny Simons) (Playbill)
The Butterfly's Evil Spell (by Federico Garcia Lorca)
Hearts Of The City (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
King Kong (by Marion C. Cooper, adapted by Johnny Simons and James Maynard - World Premiere) (Playbill) (Poster)
A Saga Of Billy The Kid (by Johnny Simons with music by Art Davis - performed at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas and at Oak Acres - World Premiere)

1980 (4th Season)

Raggedy Farm (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Captive Wild Women (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Charlie Chan In The House Of Tomorrow (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere) (Playbill)
War Of The Worlds (by H.G. Wells, adapted by James Maynard - World Premiere) (Playbill) (Review)

1979 (3rd Season)
First season at Oak Acres

Move to Oak Acres

The Billy-Club Puppets (by Federico Garcia Lorca - performed at Oak Acres)
The Frogs (by Aristophanes - performed at Oak Acres)
Tarzan Of The Oaks
(by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - started at George's Back Door on Highway 80 and moved to Oak Acres during run of the play - World Premiere) (Playbill) (Poster)

At George's Back Door on Highway 80

The Club (by Eve Merriam - at George's Back Door, Highway 80)
Tartuffe (by Moliere - at George's Back Door, Highway 80)
The Veldt (by Ray Bradbury - at George's Back Door, Highway 80)
Prince Reynard (by Larry Oliver and Art Davis - at George's Back Door, Highway 80 - World Premiere)
Antamoso And The Bear (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - at George's Back Door, Highway 80 - World Premiere)
The Wizard Of Oz (by Frank Baum, adapted by Johnny Simons - at George's Back Door, Highway 80)

1978 (2nd Season)

At George's Back Door on Highway 80

Even If You Can Stop The Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy New York! (collaborative script - World Premiere) January 5 - February 4, 1978
The Love Of Don Perlimplin And Belisa In The Garden (by Federico Garcia Lorca)
Old Mother West Wind (by Thorton Burgess, adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Peter Pan (by James Barrie)
The Return Of Tarzan (by Edgar Rice Burroughs, adapted by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Van Gogh/Gauguin (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
The Lake Worth Monster (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine)
A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens, adapted by Johnny Simons)

1977 (1st Season)

Hip Pocket Theatre Established by Johnny and Diane Simons and Douglas Balentine
Begin performing at George's Back Door on Highway 80
Location suggested by Jimmy Joe


Cowtown!
(by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine) (Playbill)
Mad Dog Blues (by Sam Shepard)
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (by Stephen Sondheim) (Poster)
Tarzan Of The Apes (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere)
Tommy (by Peter Townsend, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere) (Playbill) (Poster)
In Watermelon Sugar (by Richard Brautigan, adapted by Johnny Simons - World Premiere) (Playbill)
Nova's Shady Grove (by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine - World Premiere) (Playbill)

1976

The Three Cuckolds (by Leon Katz) (Playbill)

1975

The Lake Worth Monster (by Johnny Simons - His Masters Thesis program) (Playbill)