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Mi Casa Es Su Teatro

Play around the house

By Robert Faires, February 3, 2006, Arts

The unexpected is always to be expected when it comes to the envelope-pushing performances of FronteraFest, but never more so than with Mi Casa Es Su Teatro, the part of this annual theatrical jamboree in which short works are performed in assorted spaces around the city. At least with the Short Fringe, you know whatever wild experiment you'll be seeing will take place in good ol' familiar Hyde Park Theatre. Or if it's the Long Fringe, in the Blue. But on this daylong free-for-all, that show might be in an empty storefront, on somebody's lawn, or in their home – I mean, they mean it when they say My House Is Your Theatre. This year's batch, coming up Saturday, Feb. 4, features nine pieces ranging from music to movement to martial arts to monologues in theatres, living rooms, and bathrooms around Austin. For more information, visit

11am: "Dress Like a Docent" Jaclyn Pryor and Julia M. Smith investigate the idea of the docent, i.e., one who serves as a well informed guide. Protectors of art or art itself? And how does one dress like a docent? 701 Tillery (20 min.)

11:30am: "Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves ..." A demonstration with Foundation Stage Combat and Capoeira Da Rua. 701 Tillery (30 min.)

12:15pm: "RE:construction" Los Angeles political performance artist D'Lo, a Tamil Sri Lankan American, and Austin interdisciplinary artist Florinda Bryant, a Southern gurl who lives on the Eastside, present monologues, poetry, short stories, a dope beat with two homegurls and a house with no walls. 5508 Samuel Houston (45 min.)

1:30pm: "'Reader's Digest' Musical Theater"Two guitars, one girl, and a box full of Reader's Digests by Party Trick Players. 919 Keith (20 min.)

2pm: "Artifacts of the World Trade Center" When the towers collapsed, the streets of New York were littered with paper. Joe Felice shares the surprising and disturbing items that landed in his neighborhood, and relates his experience. 919 Keith (20 min.)

3pm: "Oh Hell No!" Elite Austin High School students discuss the tragedy of race and power in the context of Othello. 'Cause they know enough about Marx and Dave Chappelle to really bumble around. Winship Drama Bldg. 1.148 (20 min.)

3:30pm: "The History Lesson" History repeats itself in this movement piece about two rival professors by Dallas-based Audacity Productions. Winship Drama Bldg. 1.148 (45 min.)

5pm: "what to expect" A girl and the space between – walls, outfits, trips to the pharmacy, Law & Order reruns, doctor visits, her ears. Written and performed by Sonnet Blanton. 1011 Avondale (15 min.)

5:20pm: "3 Feminine Instincts to Master – and 2 to Ditch"A single 36-year-old in New York confronts her many demons: Communism, feminism, sodomy, and pedicures. And how they all end up in Cosmo magazine. Written and performed by Jessica Hedrick. 1011 Avondale (15 min.)

6-7:30pm: Mi Casa After Party!!! Hosted by Sonnet Blanton. 1011 Avondale

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