On The Fringe

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By Julio Martinez

  • The Hollywood Fringe fashion show, Fringe Runway, showcasing select costumes from HFF19 productions, takes place June 5 (7-10:30pm) at Thymele Arts. Any Hollywood Fringe Production may enter to participate. Evening concludes with a live band karaoke, hosted by the Moon Units. To apply, go here. Deadline to enter is June 3.


  • Charlotte Pezzo is presenting the premiere of Acid Wash Lovea play about seduction, written by Chambers Stevens and directed by Victoria Hoffman. Stars Laurent Sayer, Maitlyn Pezzo and Bethany. Plays June 8, 9, 16, 23, 28 in The Dorie Theater @ The Complex.
  • The debut of Falling On Deaf Eyes, an autobiographical comedy about a single Deaf mother raising teenage punk rockers in a small town, features American Sign Language, Rock N Roll, and theatrical visuals, written by Justin Maurer, directed and co-written by Jevon Whetter, with an original score by Stacey. Cast includes Lisa Hermatz, Jann Goldsby and Maurer. Plays June 9, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23 at the McCadden Theatre.
  • Asylum Theatre and writer/producer Liana Mesaikou present the premiere of Fifty Shades of Melania, a deep-dive comedic take on the complicated spectrum of stereotypes women constantly fight, exploit, or reverse, a one-woman comedy, written and performed by Liana Mesaikou, directed by Nicole Williams. Plays June 8, 15, 19, 28, 30 at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre.
  • The Human[Oid] Experience, a tragicomedy written by Chris and Corduroy Chapman, focusing on a heartbroken novelist in the face of a career-defining deadline, directed by Oscar Bautista, starring Erica Jackson, Corduroy Chapman and Malachi Beasley. Plays June 6, 16, 20, 22, 27 at Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre.
  • The premiere of Siren Call, a dramedy, written and directed by Jola Cora, focuses on two frustrated actors who kidnap a movie star, starring Cora, Paul Louis Harrell and Annalee Scott.  Plays June 7, 13, 16, 22, 28 at The Blank Theatre.


  • The Waverly Writers Collective presents Hoboken, a brutal tale of passionate yet toxic love and unthinkable acts that mirrors a deeply wounded society we live in today, written by Laura Rohrman, directed by Fritz Brekeller. Stars Patrick Cronen, Mary Ellen Everett, Mikaila McMaster and Christopher Valente. Plays June 9, 16, 21, 27 in the Dorie Theatre @ The Complex.
  • Grupo Táyer is presenting Eva Peron by Copi en Español, following the mythical Peron in her final hour, presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Moses Norton. Plays June 8, 15, 16, 23, 29 at Hudson Guild Theatre.


  • American Stranger the Musicalfocuses on a young transgender woman trying to overcome the dark side of intolerance in America’s growing cultural divide. Music and story by Laura Espinoza, directed by Miranda Miller, featuring the songs of Laura Espinoza & Lunden Reign. Cast includes Delia Rawdon, Mindy Milburn, Jacklyn Robinson, Sabrina Richmond, Scooby Ducati & Bill Melrose. Plays June 8, 16, 21, 23, 30 at  Studio C.
  • The premiere of the musical comedy, Earth to Karen, follows the efforts of a disgraced ex-astronaut to redeem her tarnished image, with mixed results, written by Zachary Bernstein, directed by Guy Picot, choreographed by Sarah Kruger.  Features Dagney, Kerr, Rebecca Larsen, Lauren Van Kurin and Matthew Bohrer. Plays  June 7, 15, 16, 20, 22, 29, 30  at The Broadwater.


  • From the Solo Creation Festival, Naked Man Rising, when three high school kids abandon their classmate with Cerebral Palsy completely naked in the woods, he takes his revenge, written by Chamber Stevens and Travis Perkins, performed by Kyle Durack. Plays June 9, 21, 26, 29 at studio/stage (Main Space)
  • The premiere of Magic As Medium, an exploration of classic and neoclassic conjuring pieces viewed from a contemporary perspective, written by Jared Kopf and Siegfried Tieber, starring storyteller and sleight of hand magician Tieber, directed by Jon Armstong, plays June 8, 14, 20, 22, 28 at the Underground Annex.
  • Songwriter/photographer Brian Joseph turns wife’s cancer journey into unique one man musical, unearthing both the pain and the humor of what seems ubiquitous. The premiere of Normaler Than Everyone, written and performed by Joseph, directed and co-devised by Dani Bedau, plays June 7, 15, 19, 22, 29 at The Broadwater Second Stage.


  • Alena Bernardi discusses Swiped the musical, based on a true story how one modern woman finds her true self after owning the failed 6 week flirtation and taking her life into her own hands. Plays Jun 21 & 22 at Hudson Backstage Theatre

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.