"...FronteraFest's Long Fringe started last night...."
"...FronteraFest, now entering its 23rd year, has become a tradition in Austin's annual arts calendar. For years, Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' unjuried jamboree of performances has followed the same format: a Short Fringe featuring five short pieces per evening for five weeks; a two-week Long Fringe that offers a handful of one-act and full-length shows; plus some works in unconventional locations, including a full day devoted to such works (Mi Casa Es Su Teatro)..."
"...Welcome to Christi Moore's world. For nine years now, the secretary and executive director of playwrights service organization Austin Script Works has shouldered this Atlas-like burden as the producer of FronteraFest..."
"...Since 1993 the uniquely Austin event known as FronteraFest has been allowing anyone with an idea for a performance and the gumption to get it up on a stage several weeks at Hyde Park Theatre to do just that. Over 14 years, literally hundreds of writers, directors, and performers from Austin and beyond the festival bills itself, and rightfully so, as the fringe theatre event in the Southwest have taken advantage of that opportunity, but only a handful can qualify as FronteraFest regulars, those stalwart souls who come back year after year to pay their Short Fringe entry fee and take their chances..."
"...I make rash decisions, I procrastinate like you wouldn't believe, and I have ideas that turn out terribly. All of this was proven thoroughly as I prepared a 25-minute piece for the 2017 edition of FronteraFest, the annual performance event at Hyde Park Theatre..."
"...If you had to define Austin theatre through a single event, you couldn't do better than FronteraFest, the performance jamboree hosted annually by Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre. All the qualities that distinguish theatre in the capital city can be found there: the range of expression, the passion for performance, the abundance of original writing, the desire to experiment, the willingness to put it out there no matter what it looks like, the heart..."
"...All it takes is a serious milestone like a 20th anniversary to make you want to get the old gang back together. That's how it goes with high school graduations, so why should performance festivals be different? FronteraFest, our annual jamboree of homegrown theatre, poetry, improvised comedy, puppetry, interpretive dance, and everything in between, hits the big 2-0 this January, and one way it's commemorating the occasion is by inviting some former Best of the Fest winners and longtime participants back to present a piece this year..."
"...Are you ready for the Eastern European heavy metal fans? The bickering couple and the talking cow? The virtual world of interior design and geekish attention to furniture arrangement? Are you prepared for the multidisciplinary, spoken-word, neo-soul/funk musical? Can you handle the "Interview With U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Translated Into English"? If so, hie thee to Hyde Park Theatre, where performers of all stripes are already defying death (and sometimes good sense) presenting the above spectacles and more in the 10th anniversary edition of FronteraFest! Yes, it's time again for that annual performance jamboree and time to mark its first decade of presenting Austin with adventuresome new theatre, comedy, dance, and more by anyone with the courage or folly to take a stage...."
"...FronteraFest 2014 continues at full blast this week, with the third week of Short Fringe performances continuing through Saturday at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd; the second and final week of Long Fringe performances through Sunday at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd.; plus the Bring Your Own Venue performances winding up at various locations, as well..."
"...In its ninth year, FronteraFest is, as they say, under new management. Last summer, Vicky Boone resigned as artistic director of the Frontera theatre company, which necessitated finding someone else to helm the company and the festival if they were to continue..."
"...Tickets are $3 per show and will be sold at the door on a cash-only basis. For information, call 479-PLAY, the FronteraFest hotline at 236-7511, or visit www.hydeparktheatre.org.Short Fringe at Hyde Park Theatre Tuesday, Jan..."
"...In Bar Fight, Mike Henry's poems gave us nothing less than a peek at his soul, and Rebecca Schwarz's Heat Wave charmed with a simple chat about chicken-salad sandwiches. On that nasty Saturday night, FronteraFest offered something, finally, to combat the chill outside: the warmth of great performers...."
"...I’m talking here about Shield Maiden, yes, that FronteraFest Long Fringe show in which a TED Talk sort of gig gets an extremely retro variant via 10th-century Sweden. In which one Ingrid Larsdottir, motivational warrior, reveals the untold truth of Viking women warriors as she seeks new recruits...."
"...British ex-pat Bernadette Nason, frequent star of local stages and sterling storyteller, brings the latest of her tea-spiced monologues to the FronteraFest Long Fringe, this one a tale of moving to America – to Texas – to Austin – and experiencing culture shocks she thought she’d grown immune to during her stints in the Middle East...."
"...The foundation of FronteraFest is the Short Fringe, five weeks of performances in which all the works run 25 minutes or less. For the first four weeks, Tuesdays through Fridays are first-run performances, with the Saturday programs offering encores – the Best of Week as selected by judges..."
"...After the Christmas wrappings are thrown out, the Kwanzaa kente is folded up, the Chanukah dreidel stops its spinning, the Yule log ashes are discarded, the Festivus grievances are aired, and the new year has been rung in, Austin performers and performance enthusiasts gear up for a second round of celebrating and events. January is when Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' FronteraFest begins, kicking off a month of some of Austin's best fringe theatre, music, choreography, and improv..."