2023 Short Fringe


2023 FronteraFest Best of Fest Schedule (with Ticket Links!)

NOTE: Each of the final week's "Best of Fest" performances begins at 8pm at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 West 43rd St. Tickets are $28 for Best of Fest shows.

All Best of Fest shows will be listed here in performance order on Sunday, February 12. For more information, call 512-479-PLAY (7529).

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    FROM EARLIER IN THE FESTIVAL:

    Tuesday, February 14: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill A) (TICKETS HERE)
    Of the five pieces reprised tonight, four were chosen by a panel from all of the Saturday "Best of the Week" shows, and the fifth was determined by vote of the Saturday night audiences. Bill A will also be performed on Friday, February 17.

    Halfway to Death: A Coming of MIDDLE Age Escapade, by Christine Hoang. Comedic storytelling piece about an adventurous weekend in NYC.

    A Woman Manages Her Anxiety, by Molly Fonseca & Anikka Lekven. (ScriptWorks Commission) This is the story of an anxious woman. Watch as she tries to manage her uncomfortable feelings, watch as she tries to escape a shame spiral, watch as she tries to make a new friend. Watch as she tries.

    No fucks given. None taken. All done, by Pamela Paek. A one person show unpacking asexuality and all it's not.

    Buried in Grey Flannel -- the search for an elusive scent, and other obsessions, by Adam Sultan. Adam Sultan leads you on a journey of olfaction and old habits. art TED Talk, part memoir, part madness.

    Terror at Twenty-Eight Feet, written and directed by Brian Wittenbrook. The city's mayor, a restaurateur, a city inspector, a billionaire, and balloon-artist clown become stuck in an elevator. One is dead.

     

    Wednesday, February 15: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill B) (TICKETS HERE)
    Of the five pieces reprised tonight, four were chosen by a panel from all of the Saturday "Best of the Week" shows, and the fifth was determined by vote of the Saturday night audiences. Bill B will also be performed on Saturday, February 18.

    Sorry, I Can't, I'm Busy. I Have to War Tonight. Created by Franny Harold. Written by Franny Harold and Mase Kerwick. Franny Harold is half-Spanish, but ultimately, she didn't ask to be born. According to legend, the women of the small Spanish town where her family is from defeated Portuguese troops in 1468. This piece follows one of these young women, who, just like Franny, is grappling with life's classic, "Why am I even here?" The woman goes from experiencing an identity crisis to a straight-up crisis of war (in 25 minutes or less). Totally relatable for any woman in her late 20s. The intention of this piece is to explore themes of healing and self-identity, even when it feels like you don't have one, and the importance of defending your life, even when you'd rather just go to the town plaza and eat lots of bread instead. Directed by Mase Kerwick.

    I Am Jodie Comer, by Joy Cunningham. How watching Killing Eve helped me make sense of things and move on with my life.

    La Planchada, by Carl Gonzales. (ScriptWorks Commission) The play is about a pair of friends (a historian and a YouTuber) teaming up to find out if the legend and ghost of La Planchada, or "The Ironed lady" is real or fake. What happens will test their faith, their culture, and their sanity.

    Mostly Alone, by Collin Carrothers. A 10-15 minute comedic presentation of a dating history since coming out as queer in 2007.

    How to Properly Train Your Husband, by Tristan Young Mercado. Two women hold a presentation on all the ways in which husbands can properly be trained.

     

    Thursday, February 16: BEST OF THE FEST (WILD CARD NIGHT) (TICKETS HERE)
    Wild Card Night showcases the FronteraFest staff's favorite shows that were overlooked by the first-round panelists.

    Nikola's Cosmic Radio, by Daniel Berkowitz. During a late-night lab session, Nikola receives an out-of-this-world transmission.

    The General and the Particulars, by Greta Gardner. A malevolent entity hunts in the forested heart of darkest Borneo, Indonesia. I happened to be its prey. A true story.

    The Knuckleball Now is Mike D'Alonzo, Lee Eddy, Craig Koftas, and Ace Manning. The accolade-riddled TKN perform their PEAK & POP method of improv comedy. A series of quick scenes build a mind-spinning energy that effortlessly becomes a collection of memorable characters and the worlds they occupy.

    Painkillers, by Lowell Bartholomee. How I coped with a pandemic through irresponsible choices and fruit juice. There will be some audience participation.

    Jomo & The Possum Posse Presents--Whatitwere (a Whodunit), by Jes Clifford, Jomo Edwards, Brian Wolfe. Regional folk musicians attempt to solve a murder. Or was there?

     

    Friday, February 17: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill A) (TICKETS HERE)
    Of the five pieces reprised tonight, four were chosen by a panel from all of the Saturday "Best of the Week" shows, and the fifth was determined by vote of the Saturday night audiences. Bill A will also be performed on Tuesday, February 14.

    Halfway to Death: A Coming of MIDDLE Age Escapade, by Christine Hoang. Comedic storytelling piece about an adventurous weekend in NYC.

    A Woman Manages Her Anxiety, by Molly Fonseca & Anikka Lekven. (ScriptWorks Commission) This is the story of an anxious woman. Watch as she tries to manage her uncomfortable feelings, watch as she tries to escape a shame spiral, watch as she tries to make a new friend. Watch as she tries.

    No fucks given. None taken. All done, by Pamela Paek. A one person show unpacking asexuality and all it's not.

    Buried in Grey Flannel -- the search for an elusive scent, and other obsessions, by Adam Sultan. Adam Sultan leads you on a journey of olfaction and old habits. art TED Talk, part memoir, part madness.

    Terror at Twenty-Eight Feet, written and directed by Brian Wittenbrook. The city's mayor, a restaurateur, a city inspector, a billionaire, and balloon-artist clown become stuck in an elevator. One is dead.

     

    Saturday, February 18: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill B) (TICKETS HERE)
    Of the five pieces reprised tonight, four were chosen by a panel from all of the Saturday "Best of the Week" shows, and the fifth was determined by vote of the Saturday night audiences. Bill B will also be performed on Wednesday, February 15.

    Sorry, I Can't, I'm Busy. I Have to War Tonight. Created by Franny Harold. Written by Franny Harold and Mase Kerwick. Franny Harold is half-Spanish, but ultimately, she didn't ask to be born. According to legend, the women of the small Spanish town where her family is from defeated Portuguese troops in 1468. This piece follows one of these young women, who, just like Franny, is grappling with life's classic, "Why am I even here?" The woman goes from experiencing an identity crisis to a straight-up crisis of war (in 25 minutes or less). Totally relatable for any woman in her late 20s. The intention of this piece is to explore themes of healing and self-identity, even when it feels like you don't have one, and the importance of defending your life, even when you'd rather just go to the town plaza and eat lots of bread instead. Directed by Mase Kerwick.

    I Am Jodie Comer, by Joy Cunningham. How watching Killing Eve helped me make sense of things and move on with my life.

    La Planchada, by Carl Gonzales. (ScriptWorks Commission) The play is about a pair of friends (a historian and a YouTuber) teaming up to find out if the legend and ghost of La Planchada, or "The Ironed lady" is real or fake. What happens will test their faith, their culture, and their sanity.

    Mostly Alone, by Collin Carrothers. A 10-15 minute comedic presentation of a dating history since coming out as queer in 2007.

    How to Properly Train Your Husband, by Tristan Young Mercado. Two women hold a presentation on all the ways in which husbands can properly be trained.

     

    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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