2004 Short Fringe


FronteraFest Short Fringe Schedule
at Hyde Park Theatre

NOTE: Each evening of performance begins at 8pm. The order in which the shows are performed will be determined the week of production. 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. All performances at the Hyde Park Theatre, 511 West 43rd St.

After the performance Saturday, February 14, join us at the theater for a CLOSING NIGHT PARTY catered by ASTI.

Note: shows from earlier in the festival listed lower on the page.

 

Tuesday, February 10: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill A)
"The Living Wage," by The Gypsy Babies. A live "silent movie" about a distracted typist and how she learns to use modern medicine to refocus and fit into the mold. This "movie" is complete with slapstick, music, and is in all black and white.

"Ben Prager." Original work written and performed by Ben Prager.

"Naturally Curly Hair," by Kirk German, is the story of one young man's compulsive quest to unlock the mystery of FRIEDA, the most significant of all the "lost and/or forgotten" characters from the Peanuts Comic Strip.

"B-boy blues," a collection of sound and memory that chronicles the Austin-America over several years of his life in the Austin Texas. From B-boy on the block to fatherhood. This collection will feature all original material from award winning plays to general rants. Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Written, performed and directed by Zell Miller, III of the Xenogian spoken word collective.

"Lucy Dies in Fives," by Abi Basch, directed by Mike Werckle (ASW Commission). A short play that explores the five deaths of one woman in the 5 minutes of brain activity that remains after her body dies.

 

Wednesday, February 11: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill B)
"Spin - An inside out musical" (Catherine Berry). Obscure musical theatre songs spun out of their original context. Big, bawdy fun for everyone!

"The Preacher's Daughter" (Florinda Bryant). A testimonial of growin' up of mixed blood in the dirty south. The work is examining what it is to have family and wear it.

"The Birth of Paper: A Ritual Transference," by Molly Rice (ASW Commission). "Experiment 002. Intent: To soften the cruelty of absence. To rupture the caul of separation. To witness in real-time the rebirth of a medium."

"Sister Lace," a Chinese shadow puppet show with Elizabeth and Francesca Marquis.

"The Wussy Boy Chronicles," by Erik Ott, is a series of poems and monologues exploring masculinity in a comic and poetic manner.

 

Thursday, February 12: BEST OF THE FEST (WILD CARD NIGHT)
Wild Card Night showcases the FronteraFest staff's favorite shows that were overlooked by the panelists.

"Two Bubbles," a short play by Greg Romero (Cliff Diver Productions/rm. 120 theatre). Three versions of a young couple converge during one late night of staying up late to break the record. The performance unfolds through stylized movement, fun, and kisses. This play is a finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman award.

"Cuentos Con Consuelo III, "a medley of stories and folk tales, written and/or adapted by Consuelo Samarripa.

"Drake Repertoire," choreographed by Lisa Del Rosario, performed by Lisa Del Rosario and Heather Huggins. A selection of four dance pieces choreographed to the music of Nick Drake.

"The Truck Stop," a new one-act comedy by Eric Geyer.

"Luminous Fishes," a new work by cornerstore productions.

 

Friday, February 13: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill A)
"The Living Wage," by The Gypsy Babies. A live "silent movie" about a distracted typist and how she learns to use modern medicine to refocus and fit into the mold. This "movie" is complete with slapstick, music, and is in all black and white.

"Ben Prager." Original work written and performed by Ben Prager.

"Naturally Curly Hair," by Kirk German, is the story of one young man's compulsive quest to unlock the mystery of FRIEDA, the most significant of all the "lost and/or forgotten" characters from the Peanuts Comic Strip.

"B-boy blues," a collection of sound and memory that chronicles the Austin-America over several years of his life in the Austin Texas. From B-boy on the block to fatherhood. This collection will feature all original material from award winning plays to general rants. Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Written, performed and directed by Zell Miller, III of the Xenogian spoken word collective.

"Lucy Dies in Fives," by Abi Basch, directed by Mike Werckle (ASW Commission). A short play that explores the five deaths of one woman

 

Saturday, February 14: BEST OF THE FEST (Bill B)
"Spin - An inside out musical" (Catherine Berry). Obscure musical theatre songs spun out of their original context. Big, bawdy fun for everyone!

"The Preacher's Daughter" (Florinda Bryant). A testimonial of growin' up of mixed blood in the dirty south. The work is examining what it is to have family and wear it.

"The Birth of Paper: A Ritual Transference," by Molly Rice (ASW Commission). "Experiment 002. Intent: To soften the cruelty of absence. To rupture the caul of separation. To witness in real-time the rebirth of a medium."

"Sister Lace," a Chinese shadow puppet show with Elizabeth and Francesca Marquis.

"The Wussy Boy Chronicles," by Erik Ott, is a series of poems and monologues exploring masculinity in a comic and poetic manner.

 

And from earlier in the Festival. . . .

Tuesday January 13
"Kisses," by Danielle Monsalvo, is a humorous look back on a woman's relationships and love mishaps.

"Touring al-Mu'tamid," by Miriam Robinson Gould, is a one woman spoken word performance, mixing personal narrative and traditional storytelling to unfold several love stories that center around al-Mu'tamid, the last king of Seville.

"Cuentos Con Consuelo III, "a medley of stories and folk tales, written and/or adapted by Consuelo Samarripa.

"The Wussy Boy Chronicles," by Erik Ott, is a series of poems and monologues exploring masculinity in a comic and poetic manner.

 

Wednesday, January 14
"Forbidden Fruit," a short film with music written and directed by Jon Daries and Sheima Mojtahedi. aka Food Porn, no nudity, just food.

"Two Bubbles," a short play by Greg Romero (Cliff Diver Productions/rm. 120 theatre). Three versions of a young couple converge during one late night of staying up late to break the record. The performance unfolds through stylized movement, fun, and kisses. This play is a finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman award.

"Confessions of a Toothless Goon," created by Heather Barfield (Go Bella Works.)

"Begging Your Indulgence: A Tarot (Of Sorts)," by Hank Schwemmer (ASW Commission). An interactive theatre piece which allows the audience to choose which of 50 short pieces will be performed.

 

Thursday, January 15
Zell Miller, III presents "B-boy blues," a collection of sound and memory that chronicles the Austin-America over several years of his life in the Austin Texas. From B-boy on the block to fatherhood. This collection will feature all original material from award winning plays to general rants. Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Written, performed and directed by Zell Miller, III of the Xenogian spoken word collective.

"Asian Man, Big Dick," a stone cold solo hustle written and performed by Steve Willingham.

"Franky Says," by Franky Ramont, directed by Chris Strickling. An autobiographical solo performance based on the experiences of deaf performer Franky Ramont, assisted by ASL interpreter Jill Arechiga.

"Lashed Chants" is a solo zolo stroll through the life and times of Wayne Alan Brenner.

 

Friday, January 16
"Thanksgiving at the Batemans" centers on what happens when the family's long-dead father returns for Thanksgiving. Written and directed by Ken Webster and featuring Jude Hickey, Kelsey Kling, Andrea Skola, Ben Wolfe, Joel Gross, Greg Grosh, and Laetitia Leon.

"Sister Lace," a Chinese shadow puppet show with Elizabeth and Francesca Marquis.

"Two Shorts for No Good Reason" by Randy Wyatt (Actor Sanctuary Group). The company presents two short plays, "Defined by Negatives" and "Defined by Inverses."

"Regarding Belated Birthday Greetings" is a dance, object, theater piece exploring the communication and distance of long distance relationships co-created by Julia M. Smith and Christopher Wild.

 

Saturday, January 17: BEST OF THE WEEK
"Sister Lace," a Chinese shadow puppet show with Elizabeth and Francesca Marquis.

Zell Miller, III presents "B-boy blues," a collection of sound and memory that chronicles the Austin-America over several years of his life in the Austin Texas. From B-boy on the block to fatherhood. This collection will feature all original material from award winning plays to general rants. Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Written, performed and directed by Zell Miller, III of the Xenogian spoken word collective.

"Regarding Belated Birthday Greetings" is a dance, object, theater piece exploring the communication and distance of long distance relationships co-created by Julia M. Smith and Christopher Wild.

"Begging Your Indulgence: A Tarot (Of Sorts)," by Hank Schwemmer (ASW Commission). An interactive theatre piece which allows the audience to choose which of 50 short pieces will be performed.

"The Wussy Boy Chronicles," by Erik Ott, is a series of poems and monologues exploring masculinity in a comic and poetic manner.

 

Tuesday, January 20
"Deferment," a one-act play written and directed by Karen Brooks.

"Perruque," by Perruque. Trio with guitar, drums, and clown. (Aaron Tucker.)

"The Living Wage," by The Gypsy Babies. A live "silent movie" about a distracted typist and how she learns to use modern medicine to refocus and fit into the mold. This "movie" is complete with slapstick, music, and is in all black and white.

Austin Poetry Slam — "h/she: five poems about relationships", a collaborative poetry/slam performance created by a four-part cast and directed by Mike Henry.

 

Wednesday, January 21
Actual Lives Performance Project — autobiographical performances by people with disability.

"The Color of Your Dreams," by Gary Rasp.

"Main Event II This Civilization for Rent," by Ryan Wilsey, directed by Chris Doubek.

Excerpts from "The Colored Museum" by George C. Wolfe (Invigorating Productions).

"north mouth feet west: an expedition in two movements." A story that rests on the intersection between mouth and feet, north and south. Part dream, part memory; the fiction that is the truth, the truth that is unreal. Written and performed by Skipper Chong Warson, directed by Deepti Gupta. (ASW Commission.)

 

Thursday, January 22
Big Mama and The Furrballs — an outrageous retro musical-comedy troupe.

"Drake Repertoire," choreographed by Lisa Del Rosario, performed by Lisa Del Rosario and Heather Huggins. A selection of four dance pieces choreographed to the music of Nick Drake.

"You Should Go To Church," written by Aaron T. Dixon and directed by Blanca Madriz. A one act play about two strange and invasive proselytizers who sabotage a young man's Sunday morning with atypical and unexpected results.

"Scenes from Spamlet (or: The Two Gentlemen of Viagra)," written and performed by Gag Reflex; original sketch comedy and music.

 

Friday, January 23
A Circus Musical performed by Circus Chicken Dog (Darren Peterson).

"The Weight Guesser," written by Charlie Watkins, directed by Jon Holt. A radio play about a mysterious carnival worker and his elusive past.

"The Tanqueray Prayer Circle," by Malisa Hargrove and Rhonda Kulhanek (Ethyl and Imogene, The Pent-Up Girls). Ethyl and Imogene present this short play about a small-town Texas prayer circle and the secret ingredient that makes their casseroles and friendships so special.

"The Smartest Man In The Whole Damn World" (Brad McEntire). A short free-form, one-man show which focuses on the afore-mentioned as he spouts his views, observations, musings and foretellings of a modern-day world gone mad, which have been provided by writers from all over the country.

"Connections," written and directed by Marshall Ryan Maresca. A frank and explicit look at three couples showing the good, bad and ugly of "casual encounter" phone personals. NOTE: ADULT MATERIAL IN THIS PIECE.

 

Saturday, January 24: BEST OF THE WEEK
Actual Lives Performance Project — autobiographical performances by people with disability.

"The Living Wage," by The Gypsy Babies. A live "silent movie" about a distracted typist and how she learns to use modern medicine to refocus and fit into the mold. This "movie" is complete with slapstick, music, and is in all black and white.

"Scenes from Spamlet (or: The Two Gentlemen of Viagra)," written and performed by Gag Reflex; original sketch comedy and music.

"The Tanqueray Prayer Circle," by Malisa Hargrove and Rhonda Kulhanek (Ethyl and Imogene, The Pent-Up Girls). Ethyl and Imogene present this short play about a small-town Texas prayer circle and the secret ingredient that makes their casseroles and friendships so special.

Austin Poetry Slam — "h/she: five poems about relationships", a collaborative poetry/slam performance created by a four-part cast and directed by Mike Henry.

 

Tuesday, January 27
"A Short History of Coal and Coal Mining in England," a short film by Robi Polgar and Lowell Bartholomee. The film is part of The Road to Wigan Pier: A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue and Historical Musical Revue.

"The Demon of the Well" by James B. Hendricks. The author will perform Act One of this story told in rhyming verse.

"The Truth About Harvey" (J. P. Goggin), directed by Linda Leseman.

"Hans My HedgeHog," a hand and marionette puppet show performed by Francesca Marquis, Dot Smith, and WRyan.

"remembering" (Tamara Beland), a work in progress of short stories told by a young boy remembering his mother and his aunt.

 

Wednesday, January 28
"Nothing," by Debbie Gonzales, Jason Martin, Charlie Martinez, Azadeh Mirisoleman, Dave Pakalnis, and Denise Warren-Heath. An ensemble piece by Viva La Vulva — San Antonio.

"Silver Bic Pen," by P. Paullette MacDougal, performed by Adrienne Harrell.

"6 Years and 19 Days" by Rhonda Kulhanek. A series of original monologues comprise this one-woman show that depicts the life of a single white female when she is deprived for 6 years and 19 days!

"The Birth of Paper: A Ritual Transference," by Molly Rice (ASW Commission). "Experiment 002. Intent: To soften the cruelty of absence. To rupture the caul of separation. To witness in real-time the rebirth of a medium."

 

Thursday, January 29
"Itself Sounds Like" written and performed by Philip Crabtree.

"Freudian Afternoon," by John Fleming, directed by Chuck Ney.

"Ben Prager." Original work written and performed by Ben Prager.

"Lost Night at the Armadillo," by Eugene Cuny, directed by Paula Gilbert and featuring Melody Shiflett, Joscelyne Schroeder, and Sharon Elmore as "the teacher."

"Some Leave, Some Stay," two short works, one by Anup Mistri and one by Ryan Campbell.

 

Friday, January 30
"The Number Cruncher," by Max Langert. Isn't it creepy how you can work so close to someone, like literally two feet away but you have no idea who that person really is? Max thinks that's creepy.

"Exeunt Dead Actor," by Julie Winston-Thomas (Loaded Gun Theory). In a country divided by war, Sophia just wants to stage the best darn play ever. Too bad her actors keep getting blown up in rehearsal. The play's the thing . . . but what if all the players are dead?

"Those Beautiful Smiling People," an original work by Emily Fordyce and Lauren Alleman.

"Written and Delivered," by Elizabeth Mason.

"Fireproof Baby," by Megan Gogerty and Alexis Chamow. This two-headed play explores the deaths of notorious women. A comedy, to be sure.

 

Saturday, January 31: BEST OF THE WEEK
"Hans My HedgeHog," a hand and marionette puppet show performed by Francesca Marquis, Dot Smith, and WRyan.

"6 Years and 19 Days" by Rhonda Kulhanek. A series of original monologues comprise this one-woman show that depicts the life of a single white female when she is deprived for 6 years and 19 days!

"The Birth of Paper: A Ritual Transference," by Molly Rice (ASW Commission). "Experiment 002. Intent: To soften the cruelty of absence. To rupture the caul of separation. To witness in real-time the rebirth of a medium."

"Ben Prager." Original work written and performed by Ben Prager.

"Fireproof Baby," by Megan Gogerty and Alexis Chamow. This two-headed play explores the deaths of notorious women. A comedy, to be sure.

 

Tuesday, February 3
"Spin - An inside out musical" (Catherine Berry). Obscure musical theatre songs spun out of their original context. Big, bawdy fun for everyone!

"North American Travelogue II," by Kent De Spain. A humorous dance piece set on a train platform and involving and inordinate amount of clothes.

"The Show To End All Shows," by Lowell Bartholomee. A star-studded cavalcade of theater magic sure to warm the heart and (hopefully) breathe new financial life into our theater company! We have high hopes for this one! High, high hopes! Featuring Robert S. Fisher, Judson L. Jones, Ellie McBride, and many, many more!

"The Armageddon Telethon," by Hans Frank and Ken Webster. A hilarious political satire and the sequel to last year's FronteraFest hit, The Post-Neanderthal Diet.

 

Wednesday, February 4
"Hats, Shoes & Purses," an artfully accessorized Cuban/Jewish Mama Mombo written by Neena Husid and performed by co-creator Alia McKee.

"Guru or Disciple? Yes!" by Bijoy Goswami. A dialogue between a guru and disciple on the bank of a river.

"Do You Take Your Sex With Breakfast?" - Shard Live Performance Collective — a collaborative effort by Shard LPC.

"Lucy Dies in Fives," by Abi Basch, directed by Mike Werckle (ASW Commission). A short play that explores the five deaths of one woman in the 5 minutes of brain activity that remains after her body dies.

"The Preacher's Daughter" (Florinda Bryant). A testimonial of growin' up of mixed blood in the dirty south. The work is examining what it is to have family and wear it.

 

Thursday, February 5
"Naturally Curly Hair," by Kirk German, is the story of one young man's compulsive quest to unlock the mystery of FRIEDA, the most significant of all the "lost and/or forgotten" characters from the Peanuts Comic Strip.

"What Am I Saying?" Dance performance choreographed by Kayo Tsujimoto.

"Who Gets the Couch?" Writers/creators Megan Becker, Julie Buchanan, and Taylor Basinger. The ManFools, Austin's original gay, lesbian, and more comedy sketch troupe, present a sample of material based on their late-night cable access show.

"Luminous Fishes," a new work by cornerstore productions.

 

Friday, February 6
Tapestry Dance Company: Mixed-form dance from Tapestry's original repertoire choreographed by Nicholas Young.

"The Last Temptation of Cookies," a short play by Shannon Lee. It's Christmas eve and an Asteroid is barreling towards earth. Do you know where your Grandma is?

"Bill's Dead" by Bernadette Nason. A hilarious take on an Englishwoman abroad with the more profound theme of searching for self; based on the writer's own life and travels to and in Great Britain, North Africa, The Middle East, and The United States.

"Scenes from Marla's Devotion," written by Linda Eisenstein. A one-act comedy, performed by Catherine Yerly and Natascha Corrigan. Directed by Jeremy Aldridge.

"The Truck Stop," a new one-act comedy by Eric Geyer.

 

Saturday, February 7: BEST OF THE WEEK
"Spin - An inside out musical" (Catherine Berry). Obscure musical theatre songs spun out of their original context. Big, bawdy fun for everyone!

"Do You Take Your Sex With Breakfast?" - Shard Live Performance Collective — a collaborative effort by Shard LPC.

"The Preacher's Daughter" (Florinda Bryant). A testimonial of growin' up of mixed blood in the dirty south. The work is examining what it is to have family and wear it.

"Naturally Curly Hair," by Kirk German, is the story of one young man's compulsive quest to unlock the mystery of FRIEDA, the most significant of all the "lost and/or forgotten" characters from the Peanuts Comic Strip.

"Lucy Dies in Fives," by Abi Basch, directed by Mike Werckle (ASW Commission). A short play that explores the five deaths of one woman in the 5 minutes of brain activity that remains after her body dies.