FronteraFest 2018 is all over now, baby blue, but check back in late August 2018 for 2019 applications.

FronteraFest 2018

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 historic 25th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre. Silver jubilee! 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.


Many thanks to our splendid FronteraFest 2018 sponsors:
Vino Vino
New World Deli
ASTI Trattoria
Travis Heights Beverage World
Dane's Body Shop
The Parlor
Worley Printing
Hyde Park Bar & Grill


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


The Short Fringe
January 16 - February 17, 2018
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. Show descriptions and tickets now available!

Every Saturday night is a juried "Best of the Week" performance, and the last week, February 13-17, is the juried "Best of the Fest"--with a few wild cards thrown

Please join us after the Best of Week show on Saturday, January 20, for our opening weekend party! Even if you're not seeing the show that night, come on by around 10:30pm. We'll be right next to HPT at Dane's Body Shop, next door with piles of delicious edibles and drinkables from ASTI Trattoria, Vino Vino, The Parlor, and Travis Heights Beverage World.


Mi Casa Es Su Teatro
Saturday, February 10, 2018

A day (12pm - 6pm) 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.

We're excited to announce that this year's Mi Casa will be curated by Hyde Park Theatre's own Literary Manager, Megan Thornton, along with one of our favorite Austin performer/dancer/choreographers, Kelly Hasandras.

This year, Mi Casa takes primarily in and around the Travis Heights neighborhood, and most of the route is walkable! Download this PDF program for detailed descriptions of performances as well as times and locations.

You can buy a day pass right here for $15, or visit just one or two venues and pay $5 per house, cash only.

Don't miss the after party starting at the final location!


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

January 22 - February 4, 2018
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 two very different musicals: an adaptation of a classic children's book and an adults-only piece about historic strippers. Tickets now available!


The Long Fringe
Looks like the Long Fringe is not to be this year - but check our great longer BYOV pieces above!


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


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Be our hero: make a tax-deductible donation to HPT today.

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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