Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Upcoming: FronteraFest 2010 Long and Short Fringes, January 12 - February 13

UPDATE: News 8 interview Ken Webster and Christi Moore, February 6

UPDATE: Spike Gillespie's feature on FronteraFest 2010 for the JetBlue blog, January 18

UPDATE: Lisa Scheps and Stuart Moulton feature Christie Moore talking about FronteraFest and Mike Henry of Austin Poetry Slam at KOOP-FM's "Off Stage and On The Air," posted January 15 ( in second half of 1 hr. program)

UPDATE: Mike Lee of KUT-FM talks with C.J. Moore and Ken Webster about Frontera Fest 2010 on his program "Arts Eclectic," January 11

UPDATE: NowPlayingAustin podcast on FronteraFest 2010 featuring Ken Webster, Big Poppa E, C.J. Moore, Vince Bell, Aaron Black's Hotel Morocco, others, January 9 (11min, 40sec)

UPDATE: Robert Faires' backgrounder on FronteraFest in the Austin Chronicle, January 6

UPDATE: Ryan E. Johnson's backgrounder on FronteraFest at the, January 7

Received directly. Press announcement below includes full schedule and capsule descriptions both for FronteraFest Long Fringe and Short Fringe, as well as Bring Your Own Venue and Su Casa Es Mi Teatro.

17th Annual FronteraFest Showcases
29 Night, 100+ Production, Multi-Venue Fringe Theatre
Immersive 5-week Festival Offers Profusion of Performance from the Edge

Those looking to discover the newest, rawest, most exciting theatre happening need look no further than FronteraFest: a smorgasbord of over 100 new works presented over 5 weeks on a multiple stages. Named the “best theatrical event” by the Austin Chronicle and “the fringe theatre event of the Southwest” by the Austin American-Statesman, the 17th Annual FronteraFest will again exhilarate theatre fans and purveyors alike by opening its stages to some of the most innovative local and national talents on Tuesday, January 12 through Saturday, February 13.

“FronteraFest is like a huge grab-bag of performing arts” said Christina J. Moore, festival producer and executive director of Austin Script Works. “With multiple performances every night for five weeks, audiences can be surprised, delighted, touched, and entertained by the work of over 1,000 local and national talents, including performers, directors and playwrights, at venues all over Austin.”

Co-produced with Austin Script Works and Hyde Park Theatre, FronteraFest 2010 features more out-of-town visitors than ever before including performers from New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, and more.

For the last 16 years, FronteraFest has provided a venue for new theatre, comedy, and dance performers, as well as established local and national performers and writers to explore new works that challenge these artists and Austin audiences.

Nationally recognized playwrights like Kirk Lynn, John Walch, and Lisa D’Amour presented some of their earliest work at the festival. Many plays that began as FronteraFest pieces have gone on to become full-length, award-winning productions incuding works by Steven Tomlinson, Ron Berry, Hans Frank, Cyndi Williams, Lowell Bartholomee, Zell Miller III, and others.

The breadth and variety of offerings available in FronteraFest includes four tracks: the Short Fringe including 80 pieces under 25 minutes, the Long Fringe including 20 feature-length works, Mi Casa es Su Teatro where participants present their creative work specifically in their homes, and Bring Your Own Venue featuring site-specific performances.

Read details for each division of the festival, with full calendar, title list and capsule descriptions, all at . . . .

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