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.

The Week: Tickets Go On Sale, Artists Get Political, Women Go Full-Bard

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On Sunday, May 1st, tickets go on sale for all productions participating in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

 

AT THE NEW RESIDENCE


  • Sacred Fools is not only supplying venues for this year’s Fringe Fest, it is providing content as well. All the Best Killers Are Librarians originally premiered as a seven-episode serial in Sacred Fools’ ongoing late night competition, Serial Killers. Scripted by Bob Derosa, all seven episodes have been combined and condensed into a single show, premiering on the Sacred Fools Second Stage, directed by Alicia Conway Rock. Opens June 10.
  • Rogue Machine will be hosting two Hollywood Fringe LA premieres at its new residence, the Met Theatre. Playwright Mike Bartlett, author of Cock, is now offering Bullwinner of the 2013 UK Theatre Award for Best New Play—exploring the fine line between office politics and playground bullying. Helmed by Jennifer Pollono. Opens June 9. Kim Davies’ Smoke, directed by Lisa James, entangles two New York kink party participants into a dangerously escalating sojourn within sexual gamesmanship. Performances of Smoke will also be a Hollywood Fringe June offering, dates TBA.

ENSEMBLE SURREAL


  • Fourteen current students and alumni of AMDA College and Conservatory in Hollywood have united to present Revelation—a dystopian drama taking place in a parallel world where humans have freedom of thought, but not of choice. Written and directed by Gina Omilon. Opens June 10 at Theatre of NOTE.
  • Lightning Rod Theater is offering the debut of Tony Foster’s Craftsman, “a time-bending dramedy that blends romance and intrigue with magical realism,” helmed by Shaina Rosenthal. Opens June 11 at McCadden Theatre.

POLITICS UNUSUAL


  • Having performed at Edinburgh Fringe, UK-based Knaïve Theatre’s Bin Laden: The One Man Show (the story of the world’s most notorious terrorist from his point of view) is coming to Asylum’s (Inter)National, June 19-25th, before touring to San Diego and Tijuana.
  • Politically Challenged, written and directed by Matthew Robinson, focuses on two assistant campaign managers—played by Robby DeVillez and Jamye Grant—who must unite to save the day after the near implosion of their candidate. Yet, if they succeed, only one will be chosen to take over the campaign. Opens June 11 at The Complex Flight Stage.
  • Hollywood Scribbler Theatre will present Presidential Election Shorts, an amalgamation of solicited eight-minute plays and three-minute monologues about the USA’s Presidential Elections, helmed by John Fingal O’Donnell. Opens June 10 at The Lounge.

THE CLASSICS


SOLO MOJO


  • Local stage and screen vet Annie Abbott premiered her solo show, Giving Up Is Hard To Do“an irreverent, humor-filled take on the audacity and grit needed to be a working character actress and to survive the hurdles of online dating”—at Victory Theatre Center in 2013, helmed by Joel Zwick. Abbott will present a Fringe revival of her show at The Met, again directed by Zwick. Two performances only, June 18 & 19.
  • Former child performer Lynne Jassem offers the story of her 10-year-old self, juggling a stage mom, gender confusion and tap. From Como to Homowinner of San Fran Best of Fringe 2015, is helmed by Peter Michael Marino and Jolene Adams. Opens June 10 at Hudson Guild Theatre.
  • Pryor Truth, “a celebration and introspection into the life and legend of Richard Pryor,” written and performed by Khalil Muhammed, co-developed by Victoria Dicce, helmed by Marcus Naylor, plays at Asylum’s Inter(national House. Two performance only, June 17 & 18.

 
Hollywood Fringe’s Closing Night Award Ceremonies will be held at The Montalban Theatre on Vine Street, June 26.