Arts and Culture
3:50 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Frontera Fest Celebrates 20th Year

Good news, theater junkies.  Frontera Fest 2013, the festival that exhibits veteran and up-and-coming playwrights of Austin, began yesterday.

The festival features plays, choreography, comedy improv, monologues, avant-garde, and all creative utterances of over 250 performers on the “fringe” of the theater world.

Rest assured, it’s friggin’ fringe-tastic. 

The festival is in its 20th season and will celebrate, as it does every year, with a five-week-long marathon of theater. So, stay tuned and check the schedule for performances.

Ken Webster has been involved in the festival for all 20 seasons and says that the festival's low-key vibe is what makes it a "fringe." It's substance over style.

"It's work that is more about the performance, rather than the technical values." Webster says. "When you have a festival with five shows every night, you can't have fancy sets for every show."

The Short Fringe series continues at Hyde Park Theater tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 at the door.

Frontera Fest also features the Long Fringe series at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, with 11 plays that get four performances over the course of the fest. The Mi Casa series on Feb. 9 will feature performances in non-traditional theater settings (i.e. people's houses, hence the name) and will only cost you 3 bucks.