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 LA Theatre

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By Julio Martinez

IN THE NEWS


  • East West Players (EWP) and the Robey Theatre Company (RTC) are reuniting to produce Philip Kan Gotanda’s Yohen, about the struggles of an interracial couple to sustain their 37-year marriage, originally co-produced by EWP and Robey Theatre Company in 1999, starring Danny Glover and Nobu McCarthy. The new production, helmed by Robey Artistic Director Ben Guillory, stars Glover and Emmy-winning actress June Angela. Opens Nov 1 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts in Little Tokyo.
  • The Latino Theater Company, in association with the Latinx Theater Commons and Howlround, presents Encuentro De Las Americas: Embracing Our Voice, a three-week international arts festival of theater and music, seeking a dialogue between Latinx theatre companies in the United States and our counterparts in the Americas. Opens Nov 2 at LATC. Features LATC and 12 other participating companies.
  • Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, about to embark on its 20th season, is seeking to hire an Executive Director (ED). According to Walt Wood, the Chair of the Search Committee, “We are especially looking for someone with a proven record of success in board and committee development, fundraising, financial management, and administration.” Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will work closely with Founding Artistic Directors Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil to support and carry out the mission of the company. Complete details here.

PREMIERES


  • Center Theatre Group is premiering Paul Rudnick’s Big Night, focusing on the life-changing events that confront an Oscar-nominated actor on awards night. Helmed by Tony Award-winning Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Bright Star), featuring Brian Hutchison, Max Jenkins, Kecia Lewis, Luke Macfarlane, Wendie Malick, and Tom Phelan. Opens Sep 16 at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
  • CTG will also premiere Head of Passes, a contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, set at the mouth of the Mississippi River, opening Sep 24 at the Mark Taper Forum. Written by Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau; Phylicia Rashad heads an eight-person ensemble.
  • UCSB Arts & Lectures will present the Southern California debut of Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends performing New Worlds, a collaboration between acclaimed actor (and classical music fan) Murray and world-renowned cellist Vogler, in celebration of literature and music. Also featured will be Mira Wang (violinist) and Vanessa Perez (pianist). Oct. 6 at the Granada Theatre in Granada Hills.

AROUND TOWN


  • A Noise Within is ready with the second production of its 2017-2018 season: Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, translated by Maurice Valency. Starring in the title role, Deborah Strang plays a woman who sets out with a band of outcasts to defeat a plot to destroy the City of Light. Directed by Stephanie Shroyer. Opens Sep 23.
  • Musical Theatre West opens its 65th anniversary season with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning In the Heights, Oct 20 through Nov 5. The season continues with White Christmas (Dec 1-10), Frank Loesser’s Guys & Dolls (Feb 16–Mar 4), George and Ira Gershwin’s musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Apr 6-22), and the patriotic tuner about the life and times of George M. Cohan, Yankee Doodle (July 6-22).
  • Write Act Repertory continues its Summer Playwrights Lab series, Madness, Mayhem, and Other Moods…When Women Write!, with Stimulants: A Colorful Conscience, short plays by Rochelle Perry. Opens Sep 23 in Write Act Rep @ The Brickhouse in North Hollywood.
  • Promenade Playhouse, in association with Alliance Francaise Los Angeles, presents A Picasso— a confrontational meeting between Picasso and a Nazi cultural attaché in 1941 Paris, written by Jeffrey Hunter and directed by Natalia Lazarus. Stars Charles Fathy and Lazarus. Oct 7-8 (English version) and Oct 13-Nov 11 (French version, with English subtitles).

THE THING IS…


Producer Stephen Sachs, playwright Jeremy J. Kamps, director Shirley Jo Finney, and cast members discuss Fountain Theatre’s premiere production of Runaway Home. Opens Sept 16.

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the greater Los Angeles area, Fridays (2-2:30 pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). Sep 15: actors George Wyner and Sharron Shayne discuss the premiere of Daytona, playing through Oct 2 at Rogue Machine @ The MET Theatre in Hollywood.