Best of Fest - Wild Card
by FronteraFest

Feb. 11, 2016

WILD CARD PERFORMANCE. Tonight we present staff picks from among the 2016 Short Fringe performances that were overlooked by the Best of Week judges. 

I Don't Know Why You're Saying That, written and performed by Vanessa Gonzalez. Vanessa recaps events from her life in attempt to figure out why her family, friends, and complete strangers say certain things to her.

Yellow Bike, by Lydia Blaisdell (ScriptWorks Commission). Two women wait outside the ER and discover a surprising connection. A look at entanglement in the Tinder era. Directed by Cara Phipps with performers Maddrey Blackwood and Rachel Gilbert. 

Handful of Minutes, by Hank Schwemmer. A series of very short plays for life-size people.

Further Tales From Tripoli, by Bernadette Nason. An excerpt from a follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-nominated Tea in Tripoli, this solo show covers the perilous 2- month period in Tripoli when Great Britain breaks off diplomatic ties with Libya, leaving 8,000 Brits without representation and one vulnerable Englishwoman with a brilliant suntan, a bucket of rice wine, and a psyche full of neuroses.

Sugar Water Purple, by Kenah Benefield, Ryan Darbonne, Derick Fields, Jarrett King, and Chris Villafano (Sugar Water Purple). Sugar Water Purple is Austin's first and only all-black male improv troupe. We perform a high-energy, long-form show based closely on the famous "Harold" format. We were born out of the training ground of ColdTowne Theatre, and are made up of actors, improvisers, writers, musicians and stand-up comedians. During our brief existence, we've opened for some of ColdTowne's flagship improv teams and were finalists in ColdTowne's Cagematch tournament in the fall of 2015.
Performances at Hyde Park Theatre. Map 

Best of Fest - Wild Card
by various at FronteraFest

February 11, 2016
Hyde Park Theatre
511 West 43rd Street
Austin, TX, 78751
Now in its 23rd year, FronteraFest is five weeks of new, alternative, offbeat, and just plain off-the-wall unjuried fringe theatre. Too bad there's no actual way to expect the unexpected, because that is your only hope. Produced by Hyde Park Theatre in collaboration with ScriptWorks.
Short one (I'm speaking relatively, people) this week: we're at the final week, the Best of the Festival. And that means, besides ourclosing night party (please come!), we have three separate billsfor you this week:
Bill A plays Tuesday and Friday, and includes two eggs, two fathers, three horrible things, three extraordinary spoken-word artists, and four hilarious improvisers.
Bill B plays Wednesday and Saturday, and includes badass women, trailer park magic, a rollicking fairy tale, the transformative power of Vincent Price, and a madcap, high-energy closer.
Wild Card night--staff-selected from shows overlooked by judges earlier in the festival--plays Thursday night only. You can see a woman wondering why you're saying that, an Englishwomantrapped in Tripoli, entanglement in the Tinder era, an all-black male improv troupe--and perhaps the most meta FronteraFest piece of all time, "a series of very short plays for life-size people."
If your night is sold out, come on down to the theater at 7pm and get on the waiting list--we get in at least some folks from that list just about every night.
And hey! Please come to the closing weekend party after the show on Saturday, February 13 at Dane's Body Shop next to Hyde Park Theatre. We'll have drinks on hand and New World Deli and The Parlor will feed you up right.