History



2015-2016

The Quarry
by Greg Pierce
September 24 - October 24, 2015


Only the second production in the country of this new work by the playwright of HPT's award-winning smash hit Slowgirl. After a series of unsettling discoveries in a marble-quarry town in Vermont, antisocial widow Jean McClain decides to conduct her own investigation. A funny and surreal detective story with a haunting original score by Randal Pierce. "An intriguing play, haunting and strangely magical." (Burlington Free Press). "Delightful storytelling, fascinating and quirky . . . Unexpected and satisfying." (Rutland Herald) Featuring Chase Brewer, Katherine Catmull, Jess Hughes, and Ken Webster. Directed by Ken Webster.


FronteraFest 2016
January 12 - February 13, 2016

The 23rd season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

The Realistic Joneses
by Will Eno
February 25 - March 26, 2016


"Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really. . . . Easily his most accessible play . . . The Realistic Joneses brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I've seen this season." That's the New York Times raving about the 2014 Broadway run of this marvelous play. When Bob and Jennifer meet new neighbors John and Pony, they find they have much more in common than identical homes and shared last names. Hilarious, tender, unforgettable. Featuring Jess Hughes, Rebecca Robinson, Benjamin Summers, and Ken Webster. Directed by Ken Webster.

The Flick
by Annie Baker
July 7 - August 6, 2016


Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, The Flick is another exquisite play from Annie Baker, who wrote three of HPT's biggest-ever hits: The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation, and Body Awareness. The New York Times called this wistful, funny, moving story of a friendship between three young movie-theater workers "a work of art so strange and fresh . . . infinitely touching." Featuring Delanté G. Keys, Katie Kohler, and Shanon Weaver. Directed by Ken Webster.


 

2014-2015

 

A Bright New Boise
by Samuel D. Hunter
September 25- October 25, 2014


The break room of a Hobby Lobby in Boise, Idaho is the setting for Samuel D. Hunter's savagely funny and deeply moving story of a man reconnecting with the teenage son he hasn't seen since the boy was an infant. Directed by Ken Webster.


FronteraFest 2015
January 13 - February 14, 2015

The 22nd season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

The Christians
by Lucas Hnath
February 26 - March 28, 2015


We turn HPT into the smallest megachurch in North America for the first production of this marvelous new work since its premiere at the 2014 Humana Festival. The New York Times, reviewing all the new plays at that festival, called The Christians "the finest of the bunch. . . . smart, stimulating . . .[Hnath] is quickly emerging as one of the brightest new voices of his generation." This play about faith and doubt takes U-turns from hilarious to wrenching and back. Don't miss this one. Featuring Ken Webster, Katherine Catmull, Tom Green, Joey Hood, and Jessica Hughes. Directed by Ken Webster.

The Night Alive
by Conor McPherson
July 9 - August 8, 2015


From the playwright who gave us earlier HPT hits like St. Nicholas, The Good Thief, and Port Authority: a play that the New York Times called "extraordinary. The play can only be called transcendent." The Wall Street Journal called The Night Alive "a stunner. So fresh and full of vital poetry that you'll cling to every word." Time Out New York called it "a spellbinding and absolutely gorgeous new play by one of the true poets of the theater." Featuring Robert Fisher, Tom Green, Joey Hood, Jessica Hughes, and Ken Webster. Directed by Ken Webster.


 

2013-2014

Tragedy: a tragedy
by Will Eno
September 12 - October 12, 2013


"A charming display of witty satire in the face of Armageddon. . . . this 75-minute play serves as a big ol' poke in the eye to media in an age of geopolitical uncertainty, pending disaster, and a preoccupation with ratings." - Theatermania. Directed by Ken Webster.

 


FronteraFest 2014
January 14 - February 15, 2014

The 21st season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 

The Drawer Boy
by Michael Healey
March 27 - April 26, 2014


"Drawer Boy" as in "the one who draws." After ten years, we're bringing back one of the most popular and critically accplaimed shows HPT has ever done. That production won Outstanding Drama from the B. Iden Payne Awards and Outstanding Comedy from the Austin Critics Table--yes, it's that kind of show. It's 1972, and two aging farmers encounter an eager young actor whose theater collective is writing play about farming. One farmer is stern and curmudgeonly; the other's war injury has cost him his memory. They share secrets from the boy and from each other. Hilarious, surprising, and infinitely moving. Starring Michael Stuart (winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for this role, 2005), Ken Webster, and Jon Cook. Directed by Ken Webster (winner of Outstanding Director of a Drama for this show, 2004).

 

Port Authority
by Conor McPherson
July 10 - August 9, 2014


From acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, author of The Weir, Shining City, and two of HPT's biggest past hits, St. Nicholas and The Good Thief: Port Authority is the interconnected story of three generations: a young man falling for his female roommate; a middle-aged alcoholic in a great job he can't handle; and a widower who receives a mysterious package. Hilarious, moving, superb theater. Featuring Tom Green (Fixing King John, Middletown), Nate Jackson (punkplay), and Ken Webster (The Drawer Boy, St. Nicholas), who also directs.


 

2012-2013

 

Middletown
by Will Eno
September 20 - October 20, 2012


An OurTown-inspired piece from the author of HPT's award-winning production of Thom Pain (based on nothing). Last fall, the New York Times praised the play's "screwball lyricism. . . delicate, moving and wry."

 


FronteraFest 2013
January 15 - February 16, 2013

The nineteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 

Slowgirl
by Greg Pierce
March 21 - April 27, 2013



A hilariously chatty teenage girl visits her withdrawn, soft-spoken uncle in the Costa Rican jungle where he retreated five years before. As the week unfolds, the true reason behind her visit, as well as the reasons for his long self-exile, begin to emerge. An exquisitely written and extraordinary play. "Engrossing and impressive. A beautifully crafted play" (Theatermania). "Superb . . . Excellent and subtle new play" (New York Observer). Starring Molly Karrasch and Ken Webster.

 

Thom Pain (based on nothing)
by Will Eno
July 11 - August 3, 2013


An encore of the one-man piece that won raves from Austin critics and audiences earlier this year. The play the New York Times called "astonishing in its impact" returns in an award-winning performance by HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster. "Imagine what might happen if Jon Stewart and Samuel Beckett had an offspring, and you will likely have envisaged Will Eno's Thom Pain." (theaterscene.net)


 

2011-2012

 

Marion Bridge
by Daniel MacIvor
September 8 - October 8, 2011


From the author of HPT fave House: an actress who does Chekhov in Toronto basements and drinks too much; a nun who disapproves of big-city talk like "Whatever"; and their peculiar, soap-opera-watching youngest sister. In this bittersweet comedy, three women reluctantly come together over their mother's deathbed. This production reunites the original director and cast of our acclaimed 2002 production, which earned Austin Circle of Theatres (now Austin Creative Alliance) Payne Award nominations for Ken Webster as director and for Emily Erington, Kelsey Kling, and Rebecca Robinson for Outstanding Cast. Rights pending.

 


FronteraFest 2012
January 17 - February 18, 2012

The nineteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 

The Aliens
by Annie Baker
March 22 - April 21, 2012



Annie Baker, the finest young American playwright and author of the 2010 HPT hits Body Awareness and Circle Mirror Transformation, weaves an extraordinary evening from a simple tale of three young slackers talking behind a coffeehouse. The New York Times called it "Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful." This play shared the 2010 Obie Award with Circle Mirror Transformation.

 

Tigers Be Still
by Kim Rosenstock
July 12 - August 11, 2012


The San Francisco Chronicle called it "an uproar of laughs." The New York Times called this off-Broadway hit "an endearing new play . . a heartfelt comedy" in which a big cat on the loose from a local zoo fits right in with the anxiety and depression of modern life.


 

2010-2011

Vigil
by Morris Panych
September 9 - October 9, 2010


"I spoke to a funeral director today. You don't mind recorded music, do you? Of course not. I don't mean this in a cruel way, but practically speaking, you're the only one who won't have to listen to it." Kemp has come to attend to his dying aunt. But as the play proceeds, it becomes less and less clear what he is doing there, or whether she will ever actually die. We've brought back Ken Webster and Lana Dieterich in a revival of our 2002 production, which won Outstanding Comedy of the Year.

Of our 2002 production, the American-Statesman said "impeccable . . . Hyde Park Theatre is on one heck of a roll." The Austin Chronicle said, "Panych's script is an absolute gem, so much so that it almost leaves me speechless." The Daily Texan called the 2002 show "riotously funny."

 


FronteraFest 2011
January 11 - February 12, 2011

The eighteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with ScriptWorks, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 

St. Nicholas
by Conor McPherson
Featuring Ken Webster
February 17 - March 12, 2011


In this darkly comic one-man piece by the brilliant Irish storyteller Conor McPherson, a theater critic relates tales of his life among the vampires. This is the much-anticipated revival of our 2006 production, which the Austin Chronicle called "storytelling at its finest . . . a joy to watch," and for which Ken Webster won the Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. This time around, critics called it "a smart, nuanced piece of art," "hilarious, harrowing," and "a must see . . . Webster holds the audience utterly spellbound."

 

A Behanding in Spokane
by Martin McDonagh
directed by Ken Webster
April 28 - May 28, 2011


Another hilarious, terrifying black comedy from the playwright who brought you The Pillowman and The Lonesome West. The critics said "You'll find yourself laughing, gasping, even, all the way through," "wry and dry and hilarious."


The Good Thief
by Conor McPherson
featuring Ken Webster
July 7 - August 6, 2011


A quiet, hour-long play in which a small-time thug tells of a job gone horribly wrong. Of our production, critics said, "This unsettling yarn of an Irish thug is spun flawlessly by Ken Webster." and "Irish storytelling magic."

 



2009-2010

 

The Collection
by Harold Pinter
directed by Ken Webster
September 10 - October 10, 2009


This darkly-comic jewel of a play sizzles with sexual tension as three men and one woman fall into shifting, overlapping triangles of desire and menace. One of Harold Pinter's funniest and most erotically charged works, The Collection features an all-star cast of local actors: Joey Hood, Kelsey Kling, Ian Manners, and Ken Webster.

 


FronteraFest 2010
January 12 - February 13, 2010

The seventeenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 


The Atheist
by Ronan Noone
February 18 - March 13, 2010

Wickedly funny dark comedy about a young journalist who is high on ambition and low on scruples. Featuring Joey Hood and directed by Ken Webster.

 


Body Awareness
by Annie Baker
April 8 - May 8, 2010

In Annie Baker's hysterically funny new comedy, it's Body Awareness Week at Shirley State College in Vermont, and things don't go very smoothly for the hosts or the guests. Featuring Kenneth Wayne Bradley, Katherine Catmull, Emily Erington, and Stephen Mercantel. Directed by Ken Webster.

 


Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker
July 8 - August 7, 2010

From the playwright who brought you HPT's current hit, Body Awareness, a new play that took New York City by storm last fall. Set in a "creative drama" class, Circle Mirror Transformation is
"absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny" according to the New York Times. Directed by Ken Webster.

 


2008-2009


Blackbird
by David Harrower
co-production with Capital T Theatre Company
directed by Mark Pickell
September 11 - October 11, 2008, 2007


Fifteen years ago, Una and Ray had a relationship. They haven't set eyes on each other since. Now she's found him again. The Statesman called the show "a boiling kettle with no vent for the steam" and "one of the most richly challenging plays for audiences this year."

 


FronteraFest 2009
January 13 - February 14, 2009

The sixteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 


Bombs in Your Mouth
by Corey Patrick
February 26 - March 28, 2009

HPT presents the world premiere of this darkly comic piece, in which a brother and sister are re-united at their childhood home for the funeral of their father. Ken Webster directs this brilliant new comedy by one of America's hottest new playwrights.

 


My Child, My Child, My Alien Child
written and performed by Zell Miller, III
February 26 - March 28, 2009

The return of Zell Miller's award-winning one-man show is a hilarious and and passionate story about his son crash-landing into his life. The Austin Chronicle called it "Miller very much in Richard Pryor mode . . . utterly engaging."

 


House
by Daniel MacIvor
April 30 - May 230, 2009

The much-requested return of this one-man show starring Ken Webster. Victor, the loser inhabiting Daniel MacIvor's dark and furiously funny piece, takes you on a whirlwind tour of the offices, circus tents, supermarkets, Ramada Inns, sewers, dreams, and houses that compose the hallucinatory landscape of his life. The Austin American Statesman: "Roaring laughter one moment and stunned silence the next. Webster knows how to grab an audience and hold them until right before they burst. . . . House is a brilliantly crafted, imaginative work that Webster takes to the edge of perfection in his portrayal."

 


2007-2008


Featuring Loretta
by George F. Walker
directed by Ken Webster
September 6 - 29, 2007


A woman plagued by too many suitors sits in a cheap motel room contemplating a career as a porn actress. Comical mayhem ensues!

 

Thom Pain (based on nothing)
by Will Eno
Featuring Ken Webster
November 29-December 22, 2007

An encore of the one-man piece that won raves from Austin critics and audiences earlier this year. The play the New York Times called "astonishing in its impact" returns in an award-winning performance by HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster. "Imagine what might happen if Jon Stewart and Samuel Beckett had an offspring, and you will likely have envisaged Will Eno's Thom Pain." (theaterscene.net)

 


FronteraFest 2008
January 15 - February 16, 2008

The fifteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 


The Lonesome West
by Martin McDonagh
directed by Ken Webster
February 28 - March 29, 2008


In the Irish backwater of Leenane, two brothers live to torment each other, quarreling over everything from potato chips to a sexy teenage bootlegger to what kind of hors d'oeurves to have at their father's funeral. Another savagely funny comedy from the playwright who gave you The Pillowman.

 

Three from Fronterafest
by Daniel MacIvor, Aimée Gonzales Gonzales, & Ken Webster
directed by Ken Webster & Jamison Driskill
March 3 - 26, 2008


This offnight production was an evening of FronteraFest's greatest hits, with three quirky, funny audience and critical favorites from FronteraFest 1998, 2006, and 2008.

 


Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
by Bert V. Royal
directed by Ken Webster
May 15 - June 14, 2008


An off-Broadway hit, Dog Sees God is a highly unauthorized imagining of the high school years of a certain well-known blockhead--let's call him "C.B."--and his best friend, who has given up his security blanket for a mellow buzz; his furious ex-girlfriend; and his ever-changing little sister. For C.B., high school means drugs, rebellion, a penpal gone silent, and worse. Rats.

 


Spring-Summer 2007


FronteraFest 2007
January 16 - February 17, 2007

The fourteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 


My Child, My Child, My Alien Child
by Zell Miller III
Directed by Ken Webster
March 22 - April 7, 2007

Another wild, funny, and affecting one-man piece from Zell Miller III, who brought you the multi-award-nominated The Evidence of Silence Broken.

 


Thom Pain (based on nothing)
by Will Eno
Featuring Ken Webster
April 12 - 28, 2007

The one-man piece that shook raves out of the jaded New York critics ("Astonishing in its impact" - New York Times) comes to Austin in a performance by HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster. "Will Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." (The Times)

 


The Pillowman
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Ken Webster
June 7 - July 21, 2007 (held over)

A very black comedy indeed about a short story writer who must answer to the police when his horrifying fictions begin to come true. The New York Times called it "The season's most exciting and original new play . . . appallingly funny, endlessly quotable, delicious and wondrous."

 


2006


FronteraFest 2006
January 10 - February 11, 2006

The lucky thirteenth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 


The Glory of Living
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Ken Webster
Featuring Kelsey Kling, Joey Hood, Ken Bradley, Monika Bustamante, Jude Hickey, Andrea Skola, Jessie Tilton, Ken Webster, and Heather Huggins
March 23 - April 15, 2006

Gilman's Pulitzer-nominated play traces the journey of a teenage girl who runs away with an ex-convict only to be drawn into a world of sex, lost innocence, and murder. Chilling, heartbreaking, beautiful.

 


You're No One's Nothing Special
by Ann Marie Healy
Directed by Ken Webster
May 25 - June 17, 2006

More quirky comedy from the author of 2003's hilarious Something Someone Someplace Else.

 


Radio :30
By Chris Earle
An HPT/Universal Cynic Co-Production
Directed by Ken Webster
Featuring Mical Trejo and Robert S. Fisher
July 13 - August 5, 2006

The return of last season's acclaimed dark comedy about a hotshot voice talent who falters while recording a 30-second radio spot. Winner of the Canadian Comedy Award (and you know those Canadians are funny) and the Chalmers New Play Award.

 


St. Nicholas
by Conor McPherson
Featuring Ken Webster
September 7 - 29, 2006


In this darkly comic one-man piece by the brilliant Irish storyteller Conor McPherson, a theater critic relates tales of his life among the vampires. The New York Times called it "spooky" and "delectably droll."

 


365 Days/365 Plays
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Ken Webster
December 12 & 13, 2006


In November 2002, Pulitzer Prize -winning playwright and MacArthur "Genius" Grant awardee Suzan-Lori Parks committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days. Now, from November 13, 2006 to November 12, 2007 the 365 Days/365 Plays National Festival is presenting the work simultaneously across the country, creating the largest collaboration in the history of American theater. HPT is proud to participate by presenting these seven short plays--tender, hilarious, challenging.




2005


FronteraFest 2005
January 11 - February 12, 2005

It's the twelfth season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever. Start 2005 out right: four out of five doctors recommend getting your yearly dose of edge.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 


Pageant
By Daniel Macdonald
Directed by Ken Webster
Featuring Corey Gagne, Kelsey Kling, Jude Hickey, and Robert Matney
April 7 - 30, 2005

When a beauty contest winner who is almost, but not quite, perfect hooks up with an overenthusiastic plastic surgeon, her father and the town that raised her take their revenge in this superbly strange black comedy.

 


Radio :30
By Chris Earle
An HPT/Universal Cynic Co-Production
Directed by Ken Webster
Featuring Mical Trejo and Robert S. Fisher
April 11 - 27, 2005

An acclaimed dark comedy about a hotshot voice talent who falters while recording a 30-second radio spot. Winner of the Canadian Comedy Award and the Chalmers New Play Award.

 


The Water Principle
By Eliza Anderson
Directed by Ken Webster
Featuring Katherine Catmull, Ken Webster, and Joey Hood
June 9 - July 2, 2005


In a post-apocalyptic world where the few people left have little to eat, a woman guards the secret of her land from an entrepeneur named Weed who wants to build an amusement park. An extraordinary drama full of dark humor.

 


The Evidence of Silence Broken
By Zell Miller III
Directed by Ken Webster
Featuring Zell Miller III
September 8 - 24, 2005

Poet and playwright Zell Miller's award-winning one-man piece. Not to be missed.

 


Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
By Eric Bogosian
Directed by Andrea Skola
Featuring Ken Webster
September 29 - October 15, 2005


Artistic Director Ken Webster performs in Eric Bogosian's classic and dangerously funny one-man, multiple-character show.

 


Chopper
By Leah Ryan
Directed by Ken Webster
October 27 - November 19, 2005


A Southwest premiere. Nominated for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Chopper is a hilarious and moving comedy about two young women, friends since childhood, struggling to make their rent and keep their sanity.



2004


FronteraFest 2004
January 13-February 14, 2004

The eleventh anniversary season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever. Start 2004 out right: four out of five doctors recommend getting your yearly dose of edge.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 

Blue Surge
by Rebecca Gilman
directed by Ken Webster
March 25 - April 17, 2004

Two small-town undercover cops try to shut down a massage parlor -- but each ends up involved with one of the prostitutes instead. It's a brilliant and darkly comic drama of class struggle, sexual politics, and love gone wrong. Directed by Ken Webster and starring Corey Gagne, Kelsey Kling, Mical Trejo, Shannon Grounds, and Rebecca Robinson.

 

The Drawer Boy
by Michael Healey
directed by Ken Webster
May 27 -June 19, 2004


"Drawer Boy" as in "the one who draws." In this multi-award-winning play, it's 1971, and two aging farmers encounter an eager young actor whose theater collective is writing play about farming. One farmer is stern and curmudgeonly; the other's war injury has cost him his memory. They share secrets from the boy and from each other. A funny, surprising, and infinitely moving piece.

 

Ham
by Hans Frank
WORLD PREMIERE
directed by Ken Webster
September 2 - 25, 2004


A Democratic county commissioner from the Appalachian region of Southern Ohio takes on the coal mining interests and the Republican Party, in this political thriller by B. Iden Payne Award-winner Hans Frank.


2003

FronteraFest 2003
January 13-February 14, 2003

The tenth anniversary season of this renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually. The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro--all as unpredictable as ever. Start 2003 out right: four out of five doctors recommend getting your yearly dose of edge.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with Austin Script Works, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.

 

Something Someone Someplace Else
by Ann Marie Healy
WORLD PREMIERE
directed by Ken Webster
March 27 - April 19, 2003

Ronny: Thing is. I'm going to be here longer than I thought.
Jeanine: Here at my place?
Ronny: Yeah. If that's okay. Only if that's okay with you. I can always get a hotel.
Jeanine: Do you have enough money to get a hotel?
Ronny: No.
Jeanine: How will you be able to get a hotel?
Ronny: I won't be able to get a hotel. But I will. If you want me to.

This world premiere from New York playwright Ann Marie Healy is a droll and offbeat comedy about a Minnesota woman's hilarious visit with her sister in Manhattan. Adultery, bad poetry, and Billy Joel: just one summer with two very different sisters in the the World's Smallest Studio Apartment.

 

Quake
by Melanie Marnich
directed by Ken Webster
May 22 -June 14, 2003


The writer of last year's Blur brings a quirky, observant eye to this off-the-wall comedy about a woman's cross-country search for the perfect man. From the hilarious series of potential candidates to the female serial killer our heroine comes to admire, Quake's surreal comic touch is irresistible.

 

Spy from Mars
by Hans Frank
July 10 - 26, 2003


HPT joined with GOATSONG PRODUCTIONS to present the continuing saga of Lonely Highway's Sloppy Sean in an evening of transcendentalism, dance routines, and obscure trivia. Appearances by Ken Webster, Travis Dean, Sharon Sparlin and others, plus the strange, wild music of HOGWASH.

 

Perdita
by Monika Bustamante
WORLD PREMIERE
directed by Ken Webster
September 4 - 27, 2003


The world premiere of this dark, intriguing piece by HPT literary manager Monika Bustamante. A college student is tied up in the basement of a kindly couple who insist she is their daughter, returned to them after being missing since childhood. Diabetic, in need of medication, and confused by insulin shock, the girl tries to piece together the truth.

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2002

FronteraFest 2002
January 15-February 16, 2002

The renowned five-week, city-wide, unjuried fringe festival featuring over 800 local and national artists annually.

Blur
by Melanie Marnich
directed by Ken Webster
March 21-April 13, 2002

Young Dot grapples with a clingy, slightly crazy mother, a homeless priest, and a collection of offbeat friends, all the while wondering if her eyesight is slipping away forever. The bright-and-dark vision of Melanie Marnich's risky, off-kilter comedy premiered last year at the Manhattan Theatre Club. This HPT production starred Monika Bustamante, Katherine Catmull, Lee Eddy, Corey Gagne, Joey Hood, and David Jones. Critics' Table Award for Outstanding Set Design (Leilah Stewart). Critics' Table nominations for Monika Bustamante and Joey Hood. Austin Circle of Theatres Payne Award nomination for David Jones.

Marion Bridge
by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Ken Webster
May 16 -June 8, 2002

An actress who does Chekhov in Toronto basements and drinks too much; a nun who disapproves of big-city talk like "Whatever"; and their peculiar, soap-opera-watching youngest sister. In this bittersweet comedy, three women reluctantly come together over their mother's deathbed. From the acclaimed author of House and The Soldier Dreams. Ken Webster directed Emily Erington, Kelsey Kling, and Rebecca Robinson in this HPT production. Austin Circle of Theatres Payne Award nominations for Ken Webster (Director) and for Outstanding Cast.

Lonely Highway: A Transcendental Minstrel
by Hans Frank
May 21 -June 5, 2002, and late nights September 7-27, 2002

We liked this 2002 Best of FronteraFest winner so much that we brought it in to run off-nights this spring. Sloppy Sean's act is difficult to describe, but it includes music, wrasslin' references, and a rubber assistant named Yoyo. Bizarre; on the edge; hilarious. Awarded a special "Keeping Austin Weird" citation at the 2002 B. Iden Payne Awards.

Vigil
by Morris Panych
directed by Peck Phillips
September 5 - 28, 2002

"I spoke to a funeral director today. You don't mind recorded music, do you? Of course not. I don't mean this in a cruel way, but practically speaking, you're the only one who won't have to listen to it." In keeping with our 2002 deathbed season, Vigil's Kemp has come to attend to his dying aunt. But as the play proceeds, it becomes less and less clear what he is doing there, or whether she will ever actually die. The Globe and Mail called this black comedy "a small masterpiece." Maclean's called it "a devilishly funny play that laughs in death's face." This HPT production starred Ken Webster and Lana Dieterich. Listed in the Austin Chronicle's 2002 Ten Best issue as the first "Most Memorable Theatrical Offering I Chanced to See" and as an Honorable Mention in the "Top Ten Onstage Works of Wonder."




2001

 

FronteraFest 2001

 

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in transition:

In the spring of 2001, Vicky Boone, the founder of Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, resigned as artistic director. Her departure and the subsequent appointment of Ken Webster, former artistic director of the Subterranean Theatre Company, as the new artistic director was a major transition in the theater company's history. To mark that transition, our company changed its name simply to Hyde Park Theatre.

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Ken Webster in the HPT/Subterranean production of Daniel MacIvor's House.
Photo copyright Brett Brookshire, 2001

HOUSE

by Daniel MacIvor

Directed by Peck Phillips

Performed by Ken Webster

June 21-30, 2001

A cooperative production between the Subterranean Theatre Company and Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre marked the transition into Ken Webster's new role as producing artistic director of the newly-renamed Hyde Park Theatre. Victor, the loser inhabiting Daniel MacIvor's dark and furiously funny one-man show, takes you on a whirlwind tour of the offices, circus tents, supermarkets, Ramada Inns, sewers, dreams, and houses that compose the hallucinatory landscape of his life.

 

Art Stripped Naked
by Wayne Alan Brenner
directed by Ken Webster

 

Judson L. Jones, Greg Gondek, Jenni Rall, and David Jones in
HPT's Art Stripped Naked. Photo copyright Brett Brookshire, 2001.

September 6-29, 2001

 

Eddie is a retired auto mechanic who doesn't always understand his son Art, a struggling young artist, in this quirky and unexpected comedy about the difference between life and art, the brittleness and elasticity of love, and what happens when your girlfriend dumps you for a bass player.

Wayne Alan Brenner is an accomplished Austin playwright, actor, artist, and critic. His previous plays include Bloodbrother Weekend, which received a B.Iden Payne Award nomination for Best New Script, and Waiting on Godot. Starring David Jones, Judson L. Jones, Jenni Rall, and Greg Gondek.

 

 

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2000

FronteraFest 2000

Cab and Lena
by Daniel Alexander Jones and Grisha Coleman
Work in Progress

Ordering Seconds by W. David Hancock
Work in Progress

Curb Appeal by Steven Tomlinson
World Premiere
B. Iden Payne Award: Best Comedy

con flama by Sharon Bridgforth
World Premiere

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1999

FronteraFest 99


Alaskan Heat Blue Dot created by Laurie Carlos
World Premiere

Millennium Bug by Steven Tomlinson
World Premiere

Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka

Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling by Erik Ehn
World Premiere

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1998

FronteraFest 98

blood pudding
by Sharon Bridgforth
World Premiere

Watsonville: Some Place Not Here by Cherrie Moraga
co-produced with Teatro Humanidad

The Race of the Ark Tattoo by W. David Hancock
co-premiere with The Foundry Theatre, NYC
Critics’ Table Award: Outstanding Production of a Drama

House by Daniel MacIvor
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1997

FronteraFest 97

Personal Dances
, co-produced with Margery Segal/NERVE dance company

Why We Have A Body by Claire Chaffee

Deviant Craft by W. David Hancock

aria inertia created and performed by Jason Phelps
World Premiere

clayangels written and performed by Daniel & Todd Jones
World Premiere

David’s Red Haired Death by Sherry Kramer

Managed Care by Steven Tomlinson
World Premiere
B. Iden Payne Award: Outstanding Comedy

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1996

FronteraFest 1996

Personal Dances
, co-produced with Margery Segal/NERVE Dance Company

Silence, Cunning, and Exile by Stuart Greenman
Critics Table Award: Outstanding Drama

The Bacchae: Torn to Pieces Adapted and Directed by: Susan Fenichell, co-produced with Hopeful Monsters
Critics Table Award: Outstanding Production of a Drama
B. Iden Payne Award: Outstanding Drama

Unmerciful Good Fortune by Edwin Sanches

Roxanne Popsicle Explosion by Daniel Alexander Jones, Josh Taylor/Jeanne Darst and Kristen Thomas
World Premiere

dyke/warrior prayers by Sharon Bridgforth co-produced with root wy’mn theatre company
World Premiere

Enfants Perdus by Erik Ehn

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1995

My Left Breast
written and performed by Susan Miller

Girl Gone by Jacquelyn Reingold

And Baby Makes Seve by Paula Vogel
B. Iden Payne Award: Outstanding Comedy

Earthbirths, Jazz and Raven's Wings by Daniel Jones
World Premiere

Black Power Barbie in Hotel de Dream by Shay Youngblood

World Premiere

no mo blues written by Sharon Bridgforth, co-produced with root wy'mn theatre company

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1994

Weldon Rising
by Phyllis Nagy,
Critics’ Table Award Outstanding Production of a Drama

Talking Bones by Shay Youngblood

FronteraFest 94

The Water Principle by Eliza Anderson,
Critics’ Table Award: Outstanding Production of a Drama

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1993

Vivisections from the Blown Mind
by Alonzo D. Lamont, Jr.

The Swan by Elizabeth Egloff

FronteraFest 93

Halcyon Days by Steven Dietz

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1992
Life During Wartime
by Keith Reddin

Mi Vida Loca by Eric Overmyer

The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod,
B. Iden Payne Award: Outstanding Comedy



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