By Julio Martinez
IN THE NEWS
Community events scheduled for the 9th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival:
- Fringe Cabaret, hosted at The Eastside Commons at Thymele Arts (Jun 10, 12, 19; varying times)
- Fringe Opening Night Party, hosted at LGBT Center (Jun 6, 6:30 pm)
- Fringe Runway, hosted at the Eastside Commons at Thymele Arts (Jun 12, 7 pm)
- Fringe Masquerade, hosted at LA Lofts (Jun 16, 7 pm)
- Fringe Pride, hosted at LGBT Center (Jun 20, 5 pm)
- Fringe Prom, hosted at LA Lofts (Jun 22, 7 pm)
- Fringe Awards, hosted at the Montalbán (Jun 24, 6 pm)
- Fringe Closing Night Party, hosted at Three Clubs (Jun 24, 8 pm)
THE PLAY’S THE THING
- Following a run at the Whitefire in Sherman Oaks, the comedy, Happy Hour, comes to Hollywood, chronicling a trio of millennial friends, two of whom are engaged and the third primed to be Best Man, as they attend a happy hour. Written by Tracey McClain and Zach Drummer, directed by McClain; starring Danielle Motley, Ken Breese, Susan Kohler, and Alison Sieke. Plays Jun 7, 11, 16, 23 at the Flight Theater in The Complex.
- The Women of Lockerbie, “a modern Greek tragedy,” revolves around a bereaved mother from New Jersey who lost a son in the crash of Pan Am 103 and joins the women of Lockerbie in fighting the US Government for the clothing of the victims found in the wreckage. As an act of love, the women “want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.” Written by Deborah Brevoort, directed by Jim Blanchette. Starring Lisa K. Wyatt, Leah Verrill, Alan Heitz, Ed Ackerman, Liz Fenning, Eloise Coopersmith, and Liesl Jackson. Plays Jun 9, 15, 17, 20 at studio/stage (Main Space).
- Having made its debut at the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival, Jeremy Kehoe’s existential comedy, Movin’ On Up, makes its West Coast premiere, directed by McKerrin Kelly, featuring Tessie Barresi, Gary Rubenstein, and Jeffrey Wylie. Plays Jun 8, 11, 16, 21 at The Ruby Theatre in The Complex.
- Naomi Brodkin’s new play, Stand Down The March, explores the notion of truth, when a college senior learns that one of her professors is a Holocaust denier. With Taylor Bostwick, Brendan Scannell, Chris Baker, and Caty Gordon. Their professor is played by Charlie McCrackin. Directed by Irene Marquette. Plays Jun 9, 10, 14, 17 at the Broadwater Main Stage.
- Actor David Shaughnessy takes on the persona of BBC boxing commentator Ronnie Braxton in Ronnie Brixton—The Best of British Boxing, written by Byron Tidwell and Lincoln Hudson, providing an intimate exposé of the macho world of British Boxing, an intersection of gender, sports and identity. Plays Jun 8, 11, 16, 17 at the Ruby Theatre in The Complex.
- Moving on from the Edinburgh Fringe, New York indie rocker Sam Shaber tells personal tales of adolescent dreams and lost loved ones in the U.S. debut of Sam Shaper: Life, Death & Duran Duran, co-written and directed by Lynn Ferguson. Plays Jun 8, 10, 16, 21 at the Ruby Theatre in The Complex.
- Bag O’ Bones Collective is offering Othello & Otis, an “audio-visual dreamscape that explores white apathy towards the African American community via the voices of Otis Redding, Solange, Ibeyi, Shakespeare, James Baldwin and others.” Devised by Francesca Gámez & Tinks Lovelace, directed by Lovelace and choreographed by Paulina Gámiz. Performers include Gámez, Gámiz, Sandy Rather, Misha Bernier, and Barika Croom. Plays Jun 8, 12 & 21 at Three Clubs Stage Room.
- After guest appearances at the Pack Theater in L.A., Second City Hollywood and the San Francisco SketchFest, the culturally diverse comedy, The Color Collective, takes on the HFF18. Created and hosted by Royce Shockley. Head writer, Stacy Rumaker. Directed by Mirage Thrams, choreographed by Tevyn Cole, featuring a 15-member ensemble. Plays Jun 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 at OMR Theater.
THE THING IS…
Writer-actor, Dan Ruth’s A Life Behind Bars, winner of the 2018 MAC Award for “Best Spoken Word” and the 2018 Bistro Award for “Outstanding Solo Play,” returns to Los Angeles as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area. Airs Fridays (2-2:30 pm) on KPFK (90.7FM).