Curtain call: Austin's FronteraFest celebrates theater from the edge
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SHOWS IN THE REGIONSAN ANTONIO
"Legally Blonde: The Musical"
Jan. 18-23 at Majestic Theatre
Feb. 23-March 13 at Hobby Center
Jan. 11-Feb. 12 at various venues
BY APRILL BRANDON
Winter nights may be long and frigid, but Austin has the cure to get you through these next few months. FronteraFest, the five-week-long celebration of fringe theater, is back.
Now in its 18th year, FronteraFest 2011 celebrates the new, alternative, off-the-wall and off-beat theater coming from the edge of the minds of playwrights and creative types of all kinds, according to Hyde Park Theatre's website, www.hydeparktheatre.org. Produced by the theater and in collaboration with ScriptWorks, a non-profit which supports emerging playwrights, the festival lasts from Jan. 11 to Feb. 18 at various venues across Austin.
So just what can you expect at FronteraFest? Well, pretty much anything and everything and a few things you never expected.
With no shortage of things to experience, the festival is made up of four components, according to www.austin livetheatre.com.
The Short Fringe highlights pieces 25 minutes or less and runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at Hyde Park Theatre. Every Saturday is "Best of the Week," and the final week is reserved for "the Best of the Fest." Each night, a new bill of four or five monologues, plays in progress, comedy improv, cabaret, avant-garde dance, short films and multimedia works will be presented.
The Long Fringe highlights pieces up to 90 minutes at the Blue Theatre and Salvage Vanguard Theatre. The bill includes everything from new works by new playwrights to cutting edge choreography.
The "Bring Your Own Venue" is where participants can select their own performances space to show their creative work.
"Mi Casa es Su Teatro" will be Feb. 5, where performances are hosted at private homes.
A full list of venues along with schedules, as well as ticket prices, can be found on the Hyde Park Theatre website, www.hydeparktheatre.org.