- AUDITIONS: On Saturday November 28, HPT is auditioning for one male and one female actor, 25-35, for The Realistic Joneses, running February 25 - March 26, 2016. Actors will be paid. Email Ken Webster for an appointment.
- A few FronteraFest Short Fringe slots still available! See below.
- Now playing: Street Corner Arts presents Skylight, by David Hare, winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Revival, December 4 - 19.
- Coming on offnights: Stealing Baby Jesus, a humorous and thoughtful holiday piece for adults written and performed by Bernadette Nason, December 7 - 16.

FronteraFest 2016

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 23rd (personality test: does 23 make you think "skidoo!"? or "OMG the Illuminati!"?) 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 12 - February 13, 2016
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. A complete schedule, updated regularly, will be available here as the festival approaches.

PARTICIPANTS: We've passed the deadline, but there are a few slots still available. So fill out your application in PDF format and turn it in as soon a possible, because we give out slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we're full up, we'll start taking applications for the waiting list. Fill out the application, then print it out, sign it, and either email it to us or mail it in with check or money order for $60. This year you also have the option of paying online (credit card fees apply).

Schedules and tickets available here soon.


The Long Fringe
January 18 - 31, 2016
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. Get more details about the shows in this year's Long Fringe right here as soon as we have 'em.

PARTICIPANTS: The Long Fringe is full, but we're continuing to take applications for the wait list. You might also consider Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) as an alternative (see below). To get on the Long Fringe wait list, download an application in PDF format plus more participant Long Fringe info today. Fill it out on your computer, then print and mail it with your check, which we will hold until a slot becomes available. There's a 10% fee discount if we receive your application and fee by October 1, 2015.

Schedules and tickets available here soon.


B.Y.O.V. (Bring Your Own Venue)

The name says it all: participants bring not just their creative work but also their own venue. It's all part of FronteraFest.

PARTICIPANTS: BYOV fame awaits you! Download an application in PDF format today. Fill it in, print it, and mail it in with your check, or email it in before November 2. This year you also have the option of paying online (credit card fees apply).

Schedules and tickets available here soon.


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 6, 2016

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 soon, with locations and descriptions of each piece.

Please note: there are no advance sales or reservations for Mi Casa. Tickets are $3 per performance payable in cash only at each venue. Don't miss the after party starting at the final location!


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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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

HPT is also funded by a grant from The Still Water Foundation.

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