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If your resolution is to experience more of Austin’s burgeoning theater scene, then make a note to attend the 23rd FronteraFest. The festival showcases 80 short-fringe (25-minute) works and 11 long-fringe works (90 minutes or less). The event serves as a platform for performers to experiment with new material, and produce theater in a sustainable way. For patrons, the festival presents the opportunity to see performances of all different forms, from the traditional to the borderline bizarre.

“People have different definitions of fringe,” explains Ken Webster, artistic director of Hyde Park Theatre, who has been involved in FronteraFest since its inception. “It’s kind of an alternative theater, [and] some of the work is more experimental. It’s not all about fancy lights and sounds and costumes—it’s about performance."

Frontera—which is put on by Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks—is essentially a tournament, and Tuesday through Friday throughout the festival, Hyde Park Theatre hosts five...

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