This Week in LA Theatre

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By Julio Martinez

IN THE NEWS


  • Los Angeles Theatre Works is kicking off its 2017-18 season with a special one-night only event honoring E. Randol Schoenberg, the attorney who successfully litigated the return of five Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government to the rightful heirs—as featured in the film, Woman in Gold. Hosted by actor Hector Elizondo, the evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a performance of LATW’s 2016-17 acclaimed national touring production of Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby Mann, helmed by Brian Kite. This L.A. Theatre Works Celebrates the Pursuit of Justice event takes place Sep 27 at The Wallis in Beverly Hills.
  • The Garry Marshall Theatre (formerly the Falcon Theatre) will launch the debut production of its inaugural season with the 1996 Tony Award-winner, Master Class, written by Terrence McNally, directed by Artistic Director Dimitri Toscas, and starring Emmy-winner Carolyn Hennesy as opera diva Maria Callas. Also featured: Roy Abramsohn, Jeff Campanella, Maegan McConnell, Landon Shaw II, and Aubrey Trujillo-Scarr. Opens Sep 22.
  • Fountain Theatre in Hollywood and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy are inaugurating a new partnership at LACC’s Caminito Theatre with the premiere of Freddy, by Fountain Theatre Co-Artistic Director Deborah Lawlor. The production focuses on a young woman who is captivated by Fred Herko, a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater and a legendary figure in the avant-garde world of Andy Warhol in 1964 Greenwich Village. France Loy directs, with Cate Caplin serving as dance and movement director. Features Marty Dew, Susan Wilder, Katie McConaughy and Mel England, as well as an eleven-member LACC Theatre Academy ensemble. Opens Sep 27.
  • Dates are now set for the upcoming 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, scheduled for June 7-24, with a week of previews May 31-June 5. Those interested can start the process by creating a project. There are also positions with a full description on the Fringe blog. Apply by October 1st. Note: They are taking applications for Community Engagement Coordinator position through Sep 12.

PREMIERES


  • La Jolla Playhouse is premiering Wild Goose Dreams—a hard-working South Korean father separated from his family connects online with a North Korean defector who is attempting to find the father she left behind. Written by Hansol Jung and helmed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman. This play with music, a co-production with The Public Theater, features an a cappella chorus and stars Yunjin Kin, Francis Jue, and James Kyson. Opens Sep 5.
  • Rogue Machine in Hollywood is offering the American premiere of Daytona by British actor/playwright Oliver Cotton, chronicling the love story of childhood friends separated by the Holocaust, who found each other after the war. Directed by Elina de Santos, the production stars Richard Fancy, Sharron Shayne, and George Wyner. Opens Sep 9.
  • Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura has completed casting for the West Coast premiere of Nick Payne’s Incognito, a play exploring what it means to be human and how memory and imagination shape our identities. Directed by Ovation Award nominee Katherine Farmer, starring Joseph Fuqua, Betsy Zajko, Mark Jacobson and Claire Adams. Opens Sep 16.
  • Bootleg Theatre will present the premiere of Daedalus’ Daughter—Icarus had a sister who flew too close to the sun and fell into the sea and survived—a movement theatre piece written and directed by Carol Katz, choreographed by Rosanna Gamson. Stars actors Kirk Wilson, Sean Spann, and Clementine Gamson Levy, and dancers Lavinia Findikoglu and Kearian Giertz. Opens Sep. 21.

AROUND TOWN


  • The Studio Theatre is presenting All in the Timing, David Ives’ 1990 evening of six comedic short plays, directed by Phie Mura. Opens Sep 2 at Long Beach Playhouse.
  • Brown Sugar Rehab and Theatre 68 will present Jeff Stetson’s 1987 war of words, The Meeting, a play imagining a conversation between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Directed by Bill Cobbs, starring Bechir Sylvain (Malcolm X), Oscar Best (Martin Luther King Jr.), and Justin Chu Cary (Rashad). Opens Sep 8 at Theatre 68 in NoHo.
  • Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group offers One Night Beyond, a blending of drama and onstage magic, written and performed by illusionist Abbott Alexander, directed by Tim Byron Owen. Opens Sep 9.
  • SHINE: Inspiring True Stories celebrates its fifth anniversary of hosting true stories on the Westside with My Own Drummer—tales of following one’s own heart, even if impractical, improbable or risky—hosted by Rahla Kahn of the Groundlings. Opens Sep 14 at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
  • The Ford Theatres, in association with The Apollo Theater, presents 100: The Apollo Theater Celebrates Ella’s 100th Birthday, spotlighting the life of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Hosted by Grammy-winner Patti Austin, with friends David Alan Grier, Monica Mancini, Ledisi, and pianist Shelly Berg, on Sep 24.
  • Having made its highly successful local debut in 2012 at Road Theatre in NoHo, Stephen Mallatratt’s unnerving thriller, The Woman in Black, based on the book by Susan Hill, returns to North Hollywood, opening in Theatre Unleashed’s The Belfry on Sep 29. Jacob Smith directs.
  • West Coast Jewish Theatre will present New York Water, the comedic American odyssey of a New York couple in their 30s, written by Sam Bobrick, directed by WCJT Artistic Director Howard Teichman, starring Ross Benjamin and Bridget Flanery. Opens Oct 21 at Pico Playhouse in West LA.

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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.