Twenty-one years ago, when Austin's FronteraFest was new, it was a small fringe theater festival consisting of a mere forty short-form performance pieces. Now, it features twice that many short pieces during its Short Fringe component, and nearly a dozen long-form shows during the Long Fringe.
The Short Fringe is a nightly occurence, with five short pieces every night, a weekly best-of-the-week show on Saturdays, and then a final best-of-the-fest series of shows.
That's close to a hundred performances by dozens of new and veteran artists just in the Short and Long Fringes alone, not counting the Bring Your Own Venue and Mi Casa Es Su Teatro parts of the festival.
The Long Fringe takes place at Salvage Vanguard Theater between January 20 and February 2; the Short Fringe is at Hyde Park Theatre now through February 15; BYOV and Mi Casa shows are at various locations throughout town over the next couple of weeks. For a complete schedule of events, head to the FronteraFest website.