Contact Us


FronteraFest 2004

. . . is gone my friend. But don't despair--January 2005 will be here before you know it. Plus, we'll start accepting applications for 2005 participants this August. Till then!

Theatre from the Edge

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

The holidays have come and gone, and FronteraFest is back to subvert all that relentless cheer.

This year we go all the way up to eleven(th anniversary), so this should be our noisiest year yet. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, or Mi Casa--as always, FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre.

All the information you need is in the links below.

And while you're deciding what part of this eccentric theatrical feast to partake of, consider supporting FronteraFest with a tax-deductible donation to HPT. It's free, easy, and secure to make a contribution through PayPal.

PARTICIPANTS: If you'd like to be put on the Short Fringe waiting list in case any slots open up, write or call festival director Christi Moore (512.479.7530, ext. 4).


The Short Fringe
January 13 - February 14 at Hyde Park Theatre

Every night we present a new bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues? Plays in progress? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Multimedia? We've seen it all. Every Saturday night is a juried "Best of the Week" performance, and the last week, February 10-14, is the juried "Best of the Fest"--with a few wild cards thrown in. Check out the whole Short Fringe schedule, including participants and descriptions.

Each evening of performance begins at 8pm. Tickets are $10 Tuesdays through Fridays, $12 Saturdays, and $15 for all Best of the Fest Shows (February 10-14). For reservations (highly recommended), call 479-PLAY.

After the performance Saturday, January 17, join us at the theater for an opening night party catered by Asti.


The Long Fringe
January 20 - February 1 at the Blue Theater

A dozen or so longer productions (90 minutes or less) at the Blue Theater: everything from new works by emerging playwrights to cutting edge choreography. Get yer whole Long Fringe schedule right here.


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
February 7 at homes throughout Austin

A perennial audience favorite, Mi Casa . . . features intimate performances presented in homes throughout Austin. Events run on a back-to-back schedule from 11am-8 pm on Saturday, February 7. Expect to see surprising performances and chow down on tasty snacks at every location! PLEASE NOTE: Seating is often limited. Arrive early, and be prepared to become close buddies with your fellow theatre lovers.
LOCATIONS: Directions are listed below for each event; please consult the map on the back of this flyer.
COST: Each performance costs $3, payable at each venue.
MORE INFO: If you get lost or need more information, contact the Mi Casa hotline at 496-1357.


"The Story of My Family," by Brigid's Daisy
11-11:45 am / (Home of Kendall Lynch-- N. Hyde Park area)
Brigid's Daisy will be performing a piece with live music about the joy and complications of the family and what it means to bring a new life into this world.

"Failed to Show," by Mitch Baker
11:45-12:30 pm / (Home of Kendall Lynch-- N. Hyde Park area)
Mitch Baker is a scientifically calculated attempt to make you smile. This show, while guaranteed to not necessarily seem scientific, could possibly taste like math.

"Honey," by Rebecca Beegle
1-1:40 pm /
Directions: .
Return Engagement! Move once around the course of the loneliest house in the world.

"Fuzzy Red Dice: A Volvo Vigil," by Julia M. Smith
2-2:30 pm /
Directions: .
An old Volvo decides to die. Objects, puppets, and people spill out of this enormous car intent on running itself in the ground. But what happens to a car's soul once it stops running?

"Screaming From the Pulaski Bridge," by Chris Alonzo and Justin Elliott
3:00, 3:45 and 4:30pm / (Home of Greg Romero, Central/ Campus Area)
Directions: Going N on Guadalupe, take a R at 35th Street. Apartment complex is "305 Place" on R side of street; apt. is in the upper right corner of the complex. SEATING IS LIMITED-- COME EARLY!
A long-distance exercise in improv, comedy and torture. On the table lay three sealed packages. Watch as a performer constructs a twenty-minute performance out of different combinations of audio and video tapes, letters, pictures and phone calls, courtesy of Austin expatriots (and New York residents) Chris Alonzo and Justin Elliott.

"Cauckus," by public idiot theater, with support from SHARD Live Theatre Collective
5:30-6pm / 1110 Barton Springs Road (Dougherty Arts Center, near Barton Springs and S. Lamar)
Directions: Going S on Lamar over Town Lake, turn L onto Barton Springs Road. Dougherty is on the L.
Music, mythology, movies, politics, poetry, opinions, history, freedom: Cauckus. A celebration of American democracy through the arts.

THE MI CASA AFTERPARTY: Hosted by zell miller III!
6:30-8 pm / 1110 Barton Springs Road (Dougherty Arts Center, near Barton Springs and S. Lamar)
Directions: Going S on Lamar over Town Lake, turn L onto Barton Springs Road. Dougherty is on the L.


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. This year we are pleased to present:

Down Baby Down
by Dan Basila
directed by Carlos Treviño

An old man knocks on the front door of a house worth more than the property on which it sits. This is Dan Basila's (Passersby) America. Come fake laugh at war movies and leave your mother outside in the rain. The boys make breakfast. The girls drink. Brahms‚ waltzes play. A baby is delivered from Singapore. An earlobe is exchanged for a necklace. And, in this America, we always love the baby more than the breakfast. Carlos Treviño (The Kindermann Depiction) directs this tender and upsetting affair of language, left turns, and, um, babies.


Dates: 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday, January 23 - 31
Venue: 605 Barton Springs Rd
Tickets: $10.00
Reservations: 480-8543