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FronteraFest 2020

Theatre from the Edge

"The fringe theater event of the Southwest!"
-Austin American Statesman

That's right: it's time to heat up your winter nights again, with the 27th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, or Mi Casa--as always and ever, FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre. Too bad there's no actual way to expect the unexpected, because that is your only hope.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with ScriptWorks, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.


The Short Fringe
January 14 - February 15, 2020
at Hyde Park Theatre

Every night we present a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues? Plays in progress? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Short films? Multimedia? We've seen it all.

Every Saturday night is a juried "Best of the Week" performance, and the last week, February 9-13, is the juried "Best of the Fest"--with a few wild cards thrown in.

Head's up: Opening weekend afterparty Saturday, January 18 next door to HPT at Dane's Body Shop, catered by Asti Trattoria, The Parlor, and Travis Heights Wine and Spirits. All four are festival sponsors so throw them some love and patronage!

All Short Fringe tickets now available:

PARTICIPANTS: We've filled up! The good news is that we keep a Short Fringe participant waitlist, and every year most of the waitlist gets to perform. To get on the waitlist, fill out this form, print it out (Chrome browser recommended), and mail it to HPT with a check for $60 made out to Hyde Park Theatre. We won't deposit the check until you are given a slot.


The Long Fringe
January 22 - February 2, 2020
at Ground Floor Theatre

Longer productions (90 minutes or less) performed at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road: everything from new works by emerging playwrights to cutting edge choreography. Show descriptions and tickets now available!


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 8, 2020

A day of site-based work performed in local homes and other surprising locales, Mi Casa is consistently one of the most popular components of our festival. More details here as we get closer to the date, with locations and descriptions of each piece.

Please note: there are no advance sales or reservations for Mi Casa.


Thank you to our 2020 FronteraFest Sponsors!


Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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