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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Written By Julio Martinez

  • The start of previews for the 10th annual Hollywood Fringe Festival begin on June 6. The night before previews, HFF will hold its Last Office Hours at Thymele Arts on June 5. Fringe Central will be open 6pm-9pm preview nights (June 6, 7, 10, 11) and 2pm-9pm (June 8 and 9). Stop by Fringe Central during these hours to pick up guides and pre-purchased buttons, or inquire about volunteering or other services. Bryan’s Bar will not be open until June 13th. The space is 18+.  The closing of previews and the beginning of the festival will be celebrated at the Opening Night Party, held at Los Angeles LGBT Center.A limited number of VIP Party Passes available. Perks of the pass include exclusive early entry (or “fast-pass” entry), a drink ticket, a special photo op, a Fringe button and more.2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival Key Date for 2019:

 

June 5th- Fringe Runway/Live Band Karaoke at The Last Office Hours
June 6th-11th- Fringe Previews
June 12th- Fringe Opening Night Party
June 13th-30th- 10th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival
June26th- Fringe Prom
June 30th- Fringe Award Ceremony & Closing Night Party

 

  • Table of Fun Productions is offering the premiere The Narcissist Next Doorthe tale of folks trying to make the best of their lives while dealing with one of the most self-absorbed human beings on Earth, written by Ellen Buckley, directed by Susan Dalian. The cast includes Luca Malacrino, Michael Nardelli, Kincaid Walker, Réchard François, Dawn Joyal, Maggie Miguel, Bryce Harrow and Robert Harrow. Plays  June 8, 15, 23, 26, 29 at The Dorie Theatre @ The Complex.
  • Film/TV pro Jim Blanchette and is directing the premiere of Esther Mira’s Tranferencea dark romantic comedy wherein a woman awakens from hypnotherapy and remembers all of her past lives…and that her therapist has been the love of her life in every lifetime. Stars Lisa K.Wyatt and Esther Mira. Plays June 8, 14, 20, 23, 29 at the Broadwater Black Box Theatre.

 

  • The Bully Probleman all-ages musical about bullying, standing up for yourself…and robots, created by Michale Gordon, direxted by  Joanna Syieck, music direction by Jen Sin, plays  June 6, 8, 14, 22, 29 at The Broadwater.
  • Theatre Unleashed is presenting Tattered Capes, a super hero’s wedding anniversary gone wrong will result in consequences that will resonate and redifine their relationship forever, written by  Gregory Craft, directed by Corey Lynn Howe, choreographed by  Soda Persi. Feaguee an 11-member ensemble. Plays June 78, 16, 21, 24, 29 at studio/stage (Main Space).
  • Horny! the Musical, written and directed by Katherine King, wherein satyrs and nymphs crash the party when a woman discovers she is growing horns, right before her high-society wedding, choreographed by Diane Linder.  Plays June 7, 15, 22, 23, 28 at The Hobgoblin Theatre at The Arena Stage.
  • The dark ensemble comedy, Invitation To Love…and Death, written and directed by TJ O’Brien, introduces the wacky world of the hit reality show Invitation to Love—an unlikely cross between The Bachelor and American Idol. Featuee a 12-member cast. Plays June 9, 14, 16, 29, 30 at McCadden Place Theatre.

 

  • The premier of Saving Cain, a far-right, Pentecostal helicopter-mom struggles to keep her hell-raising son on the path of righteousness as he enters his first public school, by playwright Aaron Kozak, directed by David Chrzanowski.  Plays June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 At Hudson Theatre Guild.
  • SuGeVi Productions presents She Kills Monsters, the only way for older sister Agnes to get to know her nerdy sister Tilly is through a game of Dungeons and Dragons, intensely bluring fantasy with reality, written by playwright Qui Nguyen, directed by Genny Wilson. Stars Vivi Thai and Susannah Snowden-Ifft.  Plays June 8, 14, 23, 23, 29 at the Arena Stage.
  • John Brahan and Dan Schultz return to the HFF with their latest work, All Our Pretty Songs, focussing on Neil, a mediocre musician and Kurt Cobain wannabe, who moves to Los Angeles to “make it” as a rockstar, Writen Brahan, directed by Dan Schultz, starring Brahan, Schults, and Shanlie Phillips. Plays June 9, 13, 17, 22, 29 at Asylum – Studio C.

 

  • Writer/performer Johnny Gonzales stars in Johnny ’81, rock n’ roll semi-autobiographical tales of how a group of gay men became strange and amazing surrogate fathers to a pre-teen boy and his younger brother in West Hollywood. Plays June 7, 14, 16, 22, 29 in Ruby Theatre @ Complex Hollywood.

 

  • Cast members offer “Slafpic” from the musical The Bully Problem, performing June, 6, 8, 14, 22, 27, 29 at The Broadway (Main Stage).   

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