The Fountain Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of Aaron Posner’s streamlined version of The Chosen, the coming-of-age story of two Jewish boys who live only five blocks from each other, yet are worlds apart. With Simon Levy directing, the stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel stars Jonathan Arkin, Alan Blumenfeld, Dor Gvirtsman, and Sam Mandel. Opens Jan 20.
The upcoming 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival announces the lineup for the free HFF18 Town Hall & Workshop Series. There will be a mixer at a local watering hole following each of the events. The lineup is as follows: Workshop 1: Working with Venues (Jan 18, Thymele); The Registration Process (Jan 29, Actors Company); Workshop 2: Money & Promotion (Mar 11, Complex Theatres – Dorie); Marketing (Apr 3, Assistance League Playhouse); Workshop 3: Festival Expectations (Apr 21, Studio/Stage); Town Hall 3: Ticketing/Festival Prep (May 2, The Broadwater) and Workshop 4: How to Tech Your Fringe Show (May 12, Studio C Artists).
2Cents Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, written by Sam Steiner. Directed by Jen Bloom and featuring Brynn Alexander and Philip Asta, the production explores “how we communicate in our everyday lives, and how that could be affected by censorship, oppression, and loss of free speech.” Opens Jan 6 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood.
The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood is hosting the premiere of Bugaboo & The Silent One—two inmates in a women’s prison form an unlikely bond—written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan, starring Michelle Gardner, Heidi Sulzman, and Jacqueline Toboni. Opens Jan 6.
Award-winning playwright Tom Dugan’s one-woman drama, Jackie Unveiled, starring Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle) and directed by Jenny Sullivan, is premiering in the Lovelace Studio Theater at the Wallis in Beverly Hills. Opens Feb 22.
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa begins 2018 with Shakespeare in Love, adapted by Lee Hall from the Oscar-winning film written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Music by Paddy Cunneen. Stars Paul David Story and Carmela Corbett, directed by SCR’s Artistic Director Marc Masterson. Opens Jan 13 on the Segerstrom Stage.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents Mark St. Germain’s off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last Session (suggested by the book, The Question of God, by Dr. Armand M. Nicoli, Jr.), imagining a meeting between Freud and rising Oxford don and author C.S. Lewis. Stars Martin Rayner as Freud and Martyn Stanbridge as Lewis, directed by Emmy-winning Robert Mandel. Opens Jan 13 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.
Back by popular demand, The Gospel According to Kinison, an inside view of Pentecostalism, the Kinison family and religion, written and performed by Bill Kinison, with music by Sherry Kinison and a band. Opens January 27 at the Grove Theatre in Upland.
Write Act Rep is presenting Three By Will in Rep, three plays by Willard Manus: Their Finest Hour—Churchill And Murrow; The Wicked, Wicked Mae West; and Prez—The Lester Young Story. Opens Feb 2 at The Brickhouse Theatre in NoHo.
MagicMania, hosted by actor/magician Albie Selznick, celebrates the season with a festival of 30 different magic and variety acts at Santa Monica Playhouse. Runs through Dec 23.
The 58th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration, a free, three-hour public holiday spectacle hosted by actors Marisa Ramirez and Brian White, will take place on Dec 24 (3 to 6 pm) at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown LA.
Julio pens the weekly LA STAGE Insider column for @ This Stage Magazine, as well as being a theater reviewer for Stage Raw. 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, Backstage West, Westways Magazine, and Drama-Logue Magazine, among others.