This Week in LA Theatre

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Written By Julio Martinez

  • In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of both the Stonewall Riots and The Passing of Gay Icon, Judy Garland, and in Celebration of National LGBTQ Pride Month, Casa 0101 Theater presents the fifth season of Brown & Out, a Festival of 11 premiere Short Plays and one original short transgender film, delving into the politics, socio-economics, religious oppression and indigenous roots of the unique, but often oppressed, LGBTQ community and celebrating the LBGTQ LatinXperience. Playwrights include:  Felipe Agredano, Felipe Valladolid Chavez, Martin Olivera Carrillo, Giovanni Navarro, Daniel Muñoz, Ruben Mendive, Conrado Terrazas Cross and Devon Torres. Plays June 7-July 7 at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights.
  • The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills will open its 2019-2020 Season with the West Coast Premiere of Sisters in Law, written by Jonathan Shapiro, based on the book by Linda Hirshman, spotlighting the relationship between two polar opposites, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor (cast and director TBA).  Opens Sep 17 in the Lovelace Theatre.


  • Rogue Machine presents the Rolling World Premiere of Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go,In the aftermath of a hate crime, two 7thgraders the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with the town’s prying eyes, written by David Jacobi, directed by Ovation and LADDC award-winner Guillermo Cienfuegos. Ensemble cast includes Ryan Brophy, Rori Flynn, Kenney Selvey, Jasmine St. Clair, Randolph Thompson. Opens June 1, 2019 with at Electric Lodge in Venice.  Rogue Machine takes part in the play’s NNPN Rolling World Premiere, along with the Azuka theatre in Pennsylvania and Stageworks theatre in Tampa, FL.
  • The Award-Winning Avante Garage Theatre Company, formerly of Nashville, and then NYC, will present it’s first production in Los Angeles this Summer, the premiere of The Favorite, a dark comedy about the Holmes siblings who have just lost their mother and are cleaning out their parents’ garage for the very last time. Written by Los Angeles Playwright Joe Correll, co-Artistic Director of The Avante Garage Theatre Company along with Avante founder Michael Bouson, directed by Ann Hearn. Stars singer/actress Laura Philbin Coyle and Tracey Rooney as the siblings. Also features Karl T. Wright and Michael Bouson. Opens June 28 at The Avery Schreiber Playhouse in NoHo.


  • La Mirada Theatre presents the fifth and final show of its season, featuring Laurie Veldheer as “Belle” and Todd Adamson as “The Beast,” starring in Disney’sBeauty And The Beast, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton, musical direction by Darryl Archibald, choreography by Robbie Roby and direction by Michael Heitzman.  Opens June 1.
  • Laguna Beach Playhouse announces the complete cast of its revival of the 1944 Broadway hit, Harvey, written by Mary Chase, directed by Andrew Barnicle. Stars French Stewart and Vanessa Claire Stewart. Supporting ensemble includes Larry Cedar, Nick Gabriel, Teresa Ganzel, Lily Gibson, Roxane Hayward, Gregory NorthTom Shelton and Carole Ita White. Opens June 2. 
  • The Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. kicks off its 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey’s 1969 inception with Joe Orton’s darkly comic Loot, directed by Bart DeLorenzo,starring Elizabeth Arends, Ron Bottitta, Nicholas Hormann, Alex James-Phelps, Robbie Jarvis and .Selina Woolery Smith.  Opens June 8.  
  • Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is presenting Moby Dick–Rehearsed, a Shakespearean acting troupe works between performances of King Lear to create a play about Moby Dick, adapted from Herman Melville’s novel by Orson Welles, directed by Ellen Geer. Stars Tavis L. Baker, Tim Halligan, KiDané Kelati, Jacob Louis, Melora Marshall, Michael McFall, Dane Oliver, Gerald C. Rivers, Franc Ross, Dante Ryan, Colin Simon and Isaac Wilkins.  Opens June 8.
  • Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica presents a revival of 1947 Pulitzer and Tony winning Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, directed by Mike Reilly. Stars Rob Morrow, supported by Lucas Alifano, Emily Anna Bell, Sara Young Chandler, Lee Garlington, Robert Adamson, Darrin Hickok, Kerry Knuppe, Jack Merrill, Donovan Patton and Dylan Rourke. Opens June 21.


  • Alex Theatre in Glendale is hosting Secrets & Illusions, a journey to discover the secrets of life, set on the streets of Paris, created by illusionist Ivan Amodei. Plays June 22.
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.