FronteraFest shows find new venues after theater closed

Indie theater festival FronteraFest has announced that several productions previously forced to close have found new venues.

Last week, Ground Floor Theatre was shuttered after city inspectors uncovered that the venue’s proprietors had never undertaken the official inspections to obtain a necessary certificate of occupancy.

Typically, according to city of Austin code, when a business tenant remodels within an existing building it is the business tenant’s responsibility to obtain proper building permits and obtain the necessary inspections to receive a certificate of occupancy.

Lisa Scheps, Ground Floor artistic director, said she expects the theater will have a temporary certificate of occupancy in place next week.

The 4,500-square-feet Ground Floor Theatre, which is in warehouse complex at 979 Springdale Road, has been open since December 2014.

The venue’s sudden shut-down last week resulted in all of FronteraFest’s Long Fringe programming, which features new plays that are 45 minutes or longer, was forced to cancel.

Four shows, however, have stayed under the auspices of the festival at new locations and four have independently found new venues.

Shows staging independently:


John Cariani's "Love/Sick"
John Cariani’s “Love/Sick”

FronteraFest Long Fringe performance at new venues:

  • Any Night, by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn (EVN Productions). A troubled young dancer finds herself oddly drawn to her handsome, charming neighbor. A romantic mystery about privacy, trust, and the power of the subconscious. VENUE location will be given in confirmation purchase letter, or call 512-479-7529. Thursday and Saturday at 8pm.
  • Free Patterns. A new play by TILT Performance Group explores the intersection of ritual, routine, rut, and the good life–and the dream of time travel. Explores the paradox that is a scheduled life. VENUE: The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W 45th St, Austin, TX 78756. Thursday at 7pm; Saturday at noon.
  • Liberté Egalité Adoptée.If you ever felt like you didn’t belong with your family, share the embarrassment as British comedian Maggie Gallant discovers where she really came from and then wishes she hadn’t. VENUE: The Back Pack, 2400 East Cesar Chavez, Suite 206. Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:15pm.
  • Unshackled, by Anthony Ellison and Neal Adelman (Punchkin Repertory Theatre). When a popular conspiracy theorist’s mother is kidnapped by a powerful corporate force, he’s forced him to choose between his mother or his beloved cell phone. VENUE: The Back Pack, 2400 East Cesar Chavez, Suite 206. Tuesday (tonight!) at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.



Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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