2018-2019 HPT Season
My Seasons with the Astros, Expos, and Phillies
written and performed by Ken Webster
September 9, 2018 (ONE NIGHT ONLY)
HPT's Producing Artistic Director Ken Webster delves into his strange obsession with former major league catcher John Bateman. Webster's Twitter feed started as a diary of the 1966 Houston Astros season as seen through the eyes of Webster's favorite player from childhood, the late John Bateman. The diary--part fact and part fiction, part baseball and part history and popular culture--has been featured in several stories by sportswriters. Webster describes how he became an amateur historian, chronicling his favorite player and the years 1966-1971. All proceeds benefit Hyde Park Theatre.
Confessions of a Mexpatriate
by Raul Garza
September 20 - October 20, 2018
In this deeply funny, deeply thought-provoking piece, a Mexican American urban sophisticate who wants to connect with his roots ventures deep into the Mexican interior. Directed by Ken Webster and featuring Mical Trejo.
January 15 - February 16, 2019
The 26th season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, The Long Fringe, BYOV, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.
FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.
A Doll's House, Part 2
by Lucas Hnath
February 28 - March 30, 2019
When Nora, the wife in Ibsen's A Doll's House, slams the door on her husband, the sound reverberated for a century. Now Lucas Hnath--author of The Christians, one of the most popular plays HPT has ever produced--has followed up fifteen years later, when Nora returns to face what she left behind. The New York Times called the play, which uses modern (and sometimes strong) language, "smart, funny and utterly engrossing." The San Jose Mercury News called it "furiously smart and surprising." Nominated for eight 2017 Tony Awards, more than any other play that season. Directed by Ken Webster, featuring Katherine Catmull, Tom Green, Sarah Chong Harmer, and Cyndi Williams.
by Lucas Hnath
June 27 - July 27, 2019
Maxine has weeks to live--and she thinks her daughter is paying her nurse to make sure she dies before new, higher death taxes kick in next month. She's wrong--but she offers the nurse a good chunk of change to keep her alive instead. "This is only the beginning of a tangled web of lies, deceptions, betrayals and double-dealings . . . Every line spoken within each scene ups the ante and reorders the deck until the final moments of this taut, dramatic, darkly funny play. Entertaining, thought-provoking, profoundly disturbing": Chicago Theatre Review. HPT's production stars Chase Brewer, Lana Dieterich, Sarah Chong Harmer, and Web Jerome. Directed by Ken Webster.
Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower
by Maggie Gallant
September 5 - October 5, 2019
Fresh from the Winnipeg Fringe, written and performed by Maggie Gallant. What kind of parent KNITS their daughter a wool swimsuit? Or gives her a briefcase for her 11th birthday? Or keeps her in the dark about where she came from? British comedian Maggie Gallant shares her childhood embarrassments and adulthood discoveries as she unleashes a Pandora's Box of hope, lies, and un très magnifique French Papa! "Funny, French, and fantastic" - Theater Jones, Dallas; "Charismatic quirkiness" - Austin Chronicle
by Daniel MacIvor
October 10 - 19, 2019
The long-awaited, six-shows-only return of this one-man show starring Ken Webster originally produced by HPT in 1999, 2001 and 2009. Victor, the loser inhabiting Daniel MacIvor's dark and furiously funny piece, takes you on a whirlwind tour of the offices, circus tents, supermarkets, Ramada Inns, sewers, dreams, and houses that compose the hallucinatory landscape of his life. The Austin American Statesman: "Roaring laughter one moment and stunned silence the next. Webster knows how to grab an audience and hold them until right before they burst. . . . House is a brilliantly crafted, imaginative work that Webster takes to the edge of perfection in his portrayal."