This Week in LA Theatre

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Written By Julio Martinez


  • Geffen Playhouse is now accepting applications for the 2019/2020 cycle of The Writers’ Room playwrights group. Now entering its second year, the next group of playwrights chosen will begin their residency in September 2019. Applications for the program are now open to all playwrights who currently reside in Los Angeles. The Writers’ Room is a product of Geffen Playhouse’s commitment to supporting new plays and specifically to fostering bold, relevant works by the artistic community in Los Angeles. During this one-year residency, playwright members gather monthly at the theater to share their work and receive feedback from their peers in a forum facilitated by Geffen Playhouse Manager of New Play Development Rachel Wiegardt-Egel. The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. PDT April 22, 2019. More information can be found at The Writers’ Room website at



  • Jack Stehlin’s New American Theatre celebrates one year in its new home on Wilton Place in Hollywood with the premiere of Boxing Lessonsa comedy by John Bunzel, following the efforts of the family and friends of a famous writer—who died under mysterious circumstances—as they gather up his belongings, and come to realize just how much they both despise and love one another, directed by Stehlin. Cast includes Eve Danzeisen, Luke McClure, Susan Wilder, Stephen Tyler Howell, Eric Curtis Johnson and Bruce Nozick. Opens Apr 26.
  • The Latino Theater Company, in association with Mexico’s Foro Shakespeare, is presenting the premiere of Revolutions/Revoluciones,that employs magical realism to tell the kaleidoscope journey of a strong and passionate woman facing an impossible tragedy, written by Elaine Romero, directed by Bruno Bichir, choreography by Olga Sokolova. Stars Corina Vela, Hasiff Fadul and Javier Balderas.Presented in Spanish with English supertitles. Opens Apr 20 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center.



  • Antaeus Theatre Company presents the revival of the 1908 romantic comedy Diana of Dobson’s by British suffragist Cicely Hamilton, a romantic fairy tale of a fiercely intelligent Edwardian shop assistant who briefly escapes her hand-to-mouth existence with a small legacy, but who cannot escape the social and economic strictures that oppress her. Casey Stangl directs a partner-cast ensemble for an Apr 18 and 19 opening (one opening night for each cast) at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale.
  • La Mirada Theatre is presenting Singin’ In The Rain, based on the screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. The new production will be directed & choreographed by Spencer Liff, with musical direction by Keith Harrison. The Cast will feature Michael Starr, Kimberly Immerson, Brandon Burks and a 22-member ensemble. Opens Apr 20. Singin’ In The Rain will also perform for four performances at the The Soraya in Northridge (Apr 12-14).
  • L.A. Theatre Works is offering the L.A. premiere of Oslo, the darkly comedic true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians, written by J.T. Rogers, directed by Brian Kite, recorded before a live audience for future radio broadcast. Anthony Azizi reprises the role of the Palestinian finance ministerfrom the 2017 Tony Award-winning Broadway production. Cast also includes Usman Ally, Edita Brychta, Matthew Floyd Miller, Darren Richardson, André Sogliuzzo  and Kevin Weisman. Opens Apr 12 in James Bridges Theater on the campus of UCLA in Westwood.
  • The Pico in West Los Angeles is hosting The Pack at the Pico, staged readings of music-themed short plays written and directed by Eugene Pack. The all-star cast includes Barry Bostwick, Laraine Newman, Dana GouldMaggie WheelerMarcia Rodd and Lynne Stewart, plus an ensemble of 15.



  • Theatre 40 is presenting Homeward L.A. 2019, a program consisting of eleven monologues based on stories of people who have experienced homelessness, directed by Jules Aaron. Proceeds go to Midnight Mission, a non-profit organization committed to ending homelessness. Plays Apr 28.



  • Director Gary Lee Reed and cast members discuss Arthur Miller’s 1947 Tony Winner, All My Sons, opening Apr 6 at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airing Fridays (2-2:30pm), on KPFK 90.7FM. On Mar 29, Julio welcomes Robey Theatre Company artistic director Ben Guillory, discussing the premiere of Birdland Blue, written by Randy Ross, directed by Guillory, opening Apr 6 in Theatre 4 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. 

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.