Julio Martinez

Julio Martinez

Julio pens the weekly LA STAGE Insider column for @ This Stage Magazine, as well as the monthly LA STAGE History column. He is a recurring contributor to Written By (the monthly publication of the Writer’s Guild of America) and is the TeleVision columnist for Latin Heat Entertainment. On air, he hosts the weekly Arts in Review program for KPFK 90.7 FM. An active journalist for over 30 years, Julio’s articles and reviews have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Weekly, Stage Raw, Backstage West, Westways Magazine, and Drama-Logue Magazine, among others.

This Week in L.A. Theatre

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IN THE NEWS


  • Latino Theater Company (housed at downtown LA’s Los Angeles Theatre Center) and Road Theatre Company in NoHo, are the only local recipients of the 2015 ICWP 50/50 Applause Award, conferred by the International Conference of Women Playwrights in recognition of companies that produce 50% or more plays by women playwrights in their seasons of shows. This year, 60 awards were given to companies from nine countries. LTC staged productions by Evelina Fernandez, Anne Garcia Romero, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Rosalba Rolon, Mariana Carreño King, Marissa Chibas, Karen Zacarias, Theresa Chavez, and Rose Portillo. Road Theatre presented works by Sharr White, Lucille Lichtenblau, Marisa Wegrzyn, and Wendy MacLeod.
  • The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena reveals its three-play, 2016 main stage season, beginning Feb 20 with the premiere of Colony Collapse by Stefanie Zadravec, directed by Co-Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky. The Southern California premiere of The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham, opens May 7, staged by Co-Artistic Director Michael Michetti. The season closes with a National New Play Network rolling world premiere of Idris Goodwin’s Bars and Measures, directed by Weyni Mengesha, opening Sep 25. PLAY/ground, Theatre @ Boston Court’s Annual New Play Festival, will take place in Nov 2016, schedule TBA.
  • The Wallis Annenberg CPA in Beverly Hills will musically enliven December holiday time with two weeks of Cabaret @ The Wallis, transforming Lovelace Studio Theatre into an intimate nightclub, featuring the talents of Amanda McBroom (Let’s Fall In Love, Dec 9), Christine Andreas (Love Is Good, Dec 10), Alice Ripley (All Sondheim, Dec 11), Freda Payne (A Tribute To The Ladies Of The Great American Jazz Songbook, Dec 12), Melissa Manchester (Joy, Dec 16), Ute Lemper (Last Tango In Berlin, Dec 17), and Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (Holidays. No Ice, Dec 19). Christine Ebersole swings into Lovelace with Big Noise From Winnetka, Jan 25-28.

PREMIERES


  • Rogue Machine debuts Jonathan Caren’s Need To Know, the chronicle of a young couple who are smart and charming, and their neighbor, who is not. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo and featuring Corryn Cummins, Tim Cummings, and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe. Opens Oct 25.
  • Satan’s tell-all memoir, God: The Early Years, written and directed by Saul Ilson, featuring Vince DonVito, Allen Rueckert and Dan Woren, premieres Oct. 22 at The Renegade Theatre in Hollywood.

AROUND TOWN


  • The NoHo Arts District and members of the Pro99 LA theater community are throwing a block party “to raise awareness about the impact that new regulations from Actor’s Equity Association, the union of actors’ and stage managers, is having on the local community—including AJS Costumes, which is in danger of going out of business.” The event takes place Sunday, Oct 18 (2-4pm) in NoHo Plaza, 5223 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.
  • LA Theatre Works continues its season of stage works recorded-before-a-live-audience-for–future-radio-broadcast with a revival of Robert Harling’s all-female, 1987 off-Broadway hit, Steel Magnolias. Featuring Kate Burton, Brittany Snow, Frances Fisher and Jeanie Hackett, staged by Theatre @ Boston Court Co-Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky, Oct 22-26, at James Bridges Theater on the campus of UCLA in Westwood.
  • Bootleg Theater teams with Los Angeles Performance Practice to present the third annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival, featuring local artists in contemporary theater, dance, music, and cross-genre performance. Takes place Oct 15-25 at Bootleg Theater on Beverly Blvd, and Automata in Chinatown on Chung King Ct.
  • Playwright David MacDowell Blue is bringing back his 2014 gothic play, Carmilla, based on Irish writer Sheridan LaFanu’s 1872 novella—the world’s first lesbian vampire story—of the same name. Directed by Blue and Mark Hein, opening Oct 16 at Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Café in Silverlake.

THE THING IS…


Mezzo-soprano JULIA MIGENES Sings Kurt Weill, a melodious journey through the German composer’s song catalogue that opens Oct 9 at Odyssey Theatre in West LA.

Julia Migenes
Julia Migenes

“I originally sang this Kurt Weill show last February at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. It is a beautiful theatre where I performed in the premiere of the opera, Angels in America [2004]. I was next scheduled to perform Weill in November and I was freaking out because I hadn’t sung it for so long. Then I got a call from Beth Hogan from the Odyssey Theatre who told me they had just lost Steven Berkoff [scheduled to direct The Hairy Ape this month]. He got a film. Then she asked if there was anything I could do within this framework. And I realized I could actually do the Weill. It would allow me to work on the text and get it in my voice again. So, this has obliged me to work on it way in advance of my scheduled November concert. This is not my first time performing at the Odyssey. I did Diva on the Verge [2010], which is a piece I had toured all over the world. After I stopped doing it for a while, I realized that I had to start working on it again. It was Steven [Berkoff] who told me the Odyssey was the perfect place to do it, because it has such an educated audience and is a lovely little theater in which to perform. I am delighted to be back.”

 


Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). On Oct 9, author Patty Farmer discusses her book, Playboy Swings, the history of Playboy’s involvement in the resurrection and promotion of jazz in America.