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.

On The Fringe

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By Julio Martinez

  • Entry into the Opening Night celebration of Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 will be June 12th with its Opening Night VIP Party Pass. To help kick off the 10th annual festival, HFF is inviting Hollywood Fringe participants, friends, and LA theatre lovers to join together for the special VIP reception followed by a full night of celebration! Special perks include: Entry into the VIP Party at 5PM (general admission opens at 6:30pm);  “Fast-pass” style entry (even if you show up late, you don’t have to wait in line!); a drink ticket good for any drink at the bar; special photo op at the HFF Step & Repeat with our photographer at the VIP reception; an official HFF button that can be used for discounts festival-long; exclusive access to our VIP reception with guest speaker Councilmember, Mitch O’Farrell; and a bag of limited edition #HFF19 branded candy made just for Fringe by Sweet! Hollywood.  There are a limited amount of VIP passes up for grabs, so get yours now. All proceeds go directly to The Hollywood Fringe, to support Fringe artists. All tickets are now available for all 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival productions. From June 13th – 30th, nearly 2,000 performances and events will take place in dozens of venues throughout Hollywood. To purchase tickets, visit hollywoodfringe.org/shows.

 

  • Horny The Musical, a social climbing bride-to-be becomes confronted by some unpleasant genetic realities just before her wedding, written, directed and starring by Katherine King, choreographed by Dane Linder, plays June 7, 15, 22, 23, 2 at The Hobgoblin Playhouse @ The Arena Stage.
  • Trial Run Productions presents the premiere of Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon, a Gilbert and Sullivan-styled musical comedy set in the Old Wild West with a modern spin, by Brooke deRosa, directed by Jennifer Clymer, choreographed by Julie Barnett. Plays June 8, 15, 22, 29 at McCadden Place Theatre.
  • The family rock musical, Monkey Mind, focusing on a bright, precocious teen driven to thoughts of suicide because of an over active mind, created by Terri Weiss (book), Gerardo E. Herrera (music) and Bill Berry (lyrics), directed and choreograph by John Coppola, with music direction by Ron Burnett, plays June 8, 14, 22, 23, 29, 30 at The McCadden Place Theatre.

 

  • Chrissy Meth: A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self , written and performed by Crystal Bush, directed by  Jessica Lynn Johnson, spotlights her addictions, abuse and how she reclaimed her self-worth in a premiere solo show. Plays  June 6, 16, 22 at The Lounge Theatre.
  • Dagmar Stansova’s Loose Underwear,  focuses on the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who compelled to “cha-cha” away the wounds of her ancestors, from exorcisms to orgasms. In order to survive, directed by Debra Deliso.  Plays June 8, 13, 16, 23, 29 at The New American Theatre.
  • Yokko, the Japanese Butoh and theatre artist, returns to HFF this year for her third season with her new, presenting Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth, directed Brian RhinehartPlays June 7, 15, 19, 23 at The Lounge Theatre – Lounge 1.
  • Christi Pedigo presents Bunny the Elf Live, a coming of age comedy about finding where one’s talents, or lack thereof, fits in the world.  Plays June 7, 20, 29 at Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre.
  • Pho Girlwritten and directed by Chambers Stevens, starring Brigitte Ngo-Trinh as a young woman exploring heritage, nationality and finding ones self through food. Plays | June 15, 20, 22, 27 at Studio Stage.

 

  • George, a historical fiction about a soft-spoken man from Modesto name George Lucas, written by Henry Parizek, directed by Miriam Randolph, stars Henry Parizek, Miriam Randolph, Bryan Navarro, William Rafter, Maya Schnaider, Eric Michael Barkhorn, John Siscel, Dior Allen,  Dom Lubsey. Plays June 8, 16, 23, 26, 28 at Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre.
  • The premiere of The Duchess & The Stripper, a fateful meeting between Wallis Simpson and Blaze Starr, written by David Bozely, directed by Ezra Buzzington, starring Blaire Chandler and Alli Miller.  P;ays June 6, 14, 16 24 at The Lounge Theatre.

 

  • Creator/composer John Wuchte discusses Scarlett Fever, a tribal percussive retelling of David O. Selznick’s two-year search to find an unknown to play Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wing. Plays June 8, 15, 19, 23, 30 at The Broadwater (Main Stage).

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