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FronteraFest 2019

Theatre from the Edge

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

Norman Tran in Lucky Chaos Lion Dance, January 17, 2019

That's right: it's time to heat up your winter nights again, with the 26th 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.


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


The Short Fringe
January 15 - February 16, 2019
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.

Short Fringe tickets now available--as are Best of Week and Best of Fest tickets! These go fast, so grab them while you can.


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 9, 2019

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.

2019 Mi Casa details are available now! Download this PDF with locations and descriptions of each piece. Tickets are $5 per house or $15 for a day pass. Pay at the door by cash or Venmo (yes! we're finally offering Venmo).

This year Mi Casa is curated by Travis Tate. Travis Tate is a queer, black playwright, poet, and performer from Austin, Texas. Their poetry has appeared in Borderlands:Texas Poetry Review, Underblong, Mr. Ma’am, and upcoming in the Shade Journal and apt. Their plays include It's A Travesty! One Night With Jazzie Mercado, MotherWitch, and Queen of The Night. You can find more about them at


The Long Fringe
January 21 - February 2, 2019
at Ground Floor Theatre

Long Fringe tickets now available! These are longer productions (90 minutes or less) performed at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. This year we have robots, dogs, shield maidens, extraterrestrials, and the wild and wildly funny Speed Levitch, just to name a few. Details on the ticket page!

Please note: the play Straitjacket, by Charles Stites, has been cancelled.


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 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 sponsor, New World Deli:
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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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