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FronteraFest 2009

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 16th (ALMOST LEGAL) 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 Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

FronteraFest is grateful to our marvelous sponsors--if you love FronteraFest, please pass some of your business their way.

The Austin Chronicle
Pilates Center of Austin
Motorblade Postering
Cameron Hughes Wine
Pink Avocado Catering
Worley Printing
Refraction Arts Project
Salvage Vanguard Theater
The Austinist
The City of Austin
The Texas Commission on the Arts


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? Short films? 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. Note: we will put the week's shows in performance order every Tuesday morning.

Click here to look over the full Short Fringe schedule and purchase tickets online. Note: for the Short Fringe, we can accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover online or over the phone; we can take Mastercard or Visa only at the door. We no longer accept American Express at all; sorry.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available 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.


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 7 at various locations around Austin

This perennial audience favorite features site-specific productions all around town. The 2009 show is curated by the quirky geniuses at Popworks Cooperative, and it's a bit different this year--all the Mi Casa pieces will be connected by a single theme. Here's their description:

Pushed to the edges of the circuit by the newer, the younger, the better, and less dysfunctional - BUT HERE FORE ONE LAST PERFORMANCE:

The Travelling Von Creeplingburger Brothers and Family

Jesters to the czars of Prussia. Dancers in the courts of Transylvania. Retiring after generations of GLORIOUS performances for audiences across the world (and United States), they will DELITE and ENTERTAIN, CHARM and amaze, ONE LAST TIME!

An eccentric, vaguely Eastern European family of vaudeville performers endlessly circle the fringes searching for an audience. Singing and dancing to whoever will spare their time. The Sweet and Sour Sisters sing a sad song of sorrow. Uncle/Brother tells an ancient joke. Mysteries are revealed. The procession grows. A song, a dance. Where will they go? It ends - as always - at the foot lights for a bow and one last refrain.

Times and locations on Saturday, February 7:
1:00pm: 2218 College Avenue 78704
2:30pm: 719 W. Monroe 78704
3:30pm: 913 W. Mary 78704
Party! 4:30pm: 719 W. Monroe 78704

Note: for Mi Casa, tickets are $3 for all shows, and are available only at the door, in cash. No reservations.


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POPWORKS COOPERATIVE is a new venture created for raucous, mind-bending, foot-stomping, heart-breaking artistic events and media - exploding soon near you!


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

Longer productions (90 minutes or less) hosted at the Blue Theater and Salvage Vanguard Theatre: everything from new works by emerging playwrights to cutting edge choreography.

Click here and then click "Long Fringe" to look over the full Long Fringe schedule and purchase tickets online. Note: for the Long Fringe, we can accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover online or over the phone. We cannot accept credit cards at the door at all for Long Fringe shows.


FronteraFest Daily Calendar

This daily calendar shows you what's playing at which theater one every day throughout the festival. We'll keep it updated with all the latest changes.

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