FronteraFest 2017

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 24th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre. The Short Fringe, BYOV, and 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.


Many thanks to our splendid FronteraFest 2016 sponsors:
Hyde Park Bar and Grill
New World Deli
ASTI Trattoria
Beverage World
Dane's Body Shop
The Parlor
Worley Printing


Just want to cut to the chase? Here's a handy calendar of all FronteraFest events.


The Short Fringe
January 17 - February 18, 2017
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 14-18, is the juried "Best of the Fest"--with a few wild cards thrown in.

Show descriptions and tickets are now available.

PARTICIPANTS: We have a few waiting list slots still available. Fill out your application here.


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

January 25 - February 5, 2017

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

This year we have four shows, from longtime festival faves The Back Pack to bluebonnets to baseball--with a new twist on Shakespeare thrown in for good measure. Read all about it.


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 11, 2017

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. This year’s festival will be curated by theatre artist Patrick Shaw and movement artist Hassan Christopher, and will take place in the Hyde Park neighborhood. 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!


The Long Fringe

Due to the Austin venue crisis, we are not able to offer a Long Fringe portion of the 2017 festival. With real estate values going up, small arts venues across the city are being priced out. When you're talking to your city council representatives, please consider mentioning the desperate need for small performance spaces.


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 avalable at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them both for their generosity.

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Many thanks to our season sponsors:
Hyde Park Bar & Grill logo


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

HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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