Long Fringe -- Bring Your Own Venue!


FronteraFest, the oldest and largest performance festival in the Southwest, is adding a new long-form performance festival and two new venues to its already successful Short Fringe. The FronteraFest 2000 Long Fringe will include 21 feature-length performances over two weeks, January 25 - February 6.


Long Fringe performances will be held primarily at The Hideout, 617 Congress, and The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo. Two additional productions will "bring their own venues." Following are schedules for Long Fringe@The Hideout (pp. 2-3), Long Fringe@The Off Center, shown here, and Long Fringe - Bring Your Own Venue! (below, far left). A Short Fringe schedule is on p. 8. Times and ticket prices vary and are listed in the schedules. Reservations are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

For tickets to any FronteraFest 2000 event, call 479-PLAY (7529).


Written by: Lisa D'Amour

Directed by: Katie Pearl

Follow a pilgrim on a mysterious quest for information and the source of her own past. In a suitcase she carries the remnants of her story: holy water, a sliver of sweet soap, the dress a little girl wore on the day she was cast out of her home, a handful of red clay, a lock of hair from a monster called Slabber who infects the dreams of the most pure ... "Slabber" is the name of the machines in old soapmaking factories that cut big blocks of soap into slabs. It is also the title of a new collaboration by Lisa D'Amour and Katie Pearl, the artists whose Dress Me Blue/Window Me Sky, a touching and haunting site-specific piece about vision and grief, was one of the highlights of FronteraFest '98. In this new traveling performance installation, they meld story, artifacts, and found theatre space into a three-dimensional creation myth. Audience members will gather at Hyde Park Theatre, where they will be given an audio tape to prepare them for the play and be told how to find the performance location. In each intimate setting, the protagonist, Our Lady, will reveal her secrets and seek answers to questions which have been haunting her for her entire, long life: What is the difference between the sacred and the profane? What does it mean to have a home? What does it take to truly "be clean?" (see "Lisa D'Amour: Slabber," opposite page)

2/1 8pm; 2/2 8pm; 2/3 8pm; 2/4 8pm; 2/5 8pm; ($7)


Written by: Romulus Linney

Produced by: Austin Community College Dance & Drama Department

The ACC Dance & Drama Department offers a sampler of the dramatic genius of one of the country's most underappreciated playwrights. Romulus Linney has never had a hit play on Broadway, but off the Great White Way and in many far-flung corners of the country, his works are prized for their lyricism, their humor, their rich sense of history and locale, and, most of all, their incisive insight into the human spirit. His POPS explores various aspects of love -- from first love to love of country to the abiding love of a long-married older couple -- through six related short comedies. The United States Theater Company is also presenting works by Linney in the festival (see Long Fringe @ the Off Center).

1/27 8pm; 1/28 8pm; 1/29 8pm; 2/4 8pm; 2/5 8pm (Free. ACC suggests a donation of $5 for adults, $2 for students for the Dance and Drama student scholarship fund.)

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