Artists in Residence – The Frontera Project

Wednesday, September 29 @8p
Charles A. Brown Ice House
*Festival Opening Night

TICKETS: Free! Donations welcome. Reservations strongly encouraged.


Digital program book HERE!

A Border is a limit. But it also suggests possibility – a chance to approach someone on the other side. A Border can be a restriction, or it can be a seam.

The Frontera Project, led by guest artist Jessica Bauman, brings Mexican and US artists together in a unique, bilingual, interactive performance cabaret that uses theatre, movement, music and play to engage the audience in a compassionate, often joyous conversation that lifts up the kinds of human stories about the Border that too often get lost in the noise of partisan agendas and media bubbles.

The Frontera Project reúne artistas de México y Estados Unidos en una experiencia teatral única, bilingüe e interactiva. Incorporamos teatro, movimiento, música y juego para involucrar al público en una animada conversación sobre La Frontera que presenta historias humanas que a menudo se pierden en el ruido de las agendas partidistas y las burbujas mediáticas. The Frontera Project celebra la riqueza, complejidad y humanidad de la vida Fronteriza.

[Image description: At the border wall at Tijuana, five figures walk along the wall, facing away from the camera; one wears a black hoodie with the text “Tijuana Teatro”. The wall is painted with colorful, hand-written messages. In the background, the ocean is visible with a clear blue sky above]


The Frontera Project performance encourages audience participation throughout, and will include a talkback portion at the conclusion. Anne Labovitz of the I Love You Institute invites audience members to participate in a collaborative community art project between 7:30-8pm; plan to arrive early to take part. 

Want to explore this work beyond the performance? Join us for a community conversation on Thursday, 9/30 at 12-1pm, where The Frontera Project’s Jessica Bauman and Ramón Verdugo will be a special guest. More info here.


VENUE: Charles A. Brown Ice House,  56 River St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

RUN TIME: 90 minutes, no intermission

PARKING: Free parking is available immediately adjacent to the Ice House, with additional metered parking in the Lehigh Street Lot across from the Wooden Match (61 W. Lehigh Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at to reserve accessible seating in advance. Accessible restrooms are also available. Parking is available in designated handicap spots next to the venue. 

**COVID-19 SAFETY** The Ice House is on city property; per City of Bethlehem guidelines, masks must be worn – regardless of vaccination status – by anyone visiting a government building. All ushers, box office staff, etc. will be masked; performers will be vaccinated and unmasked when onstage. As an audience member, please bring your own mask to wear; if you need one, we’ll have plenty of extras on hand. Seating will provide some physical distance “by pod”; ushers will place chairs out for you and your group.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.