This Week in LA Theatre

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Written By Julio Martinez

  • Fountain Theatre in Hollywood is sponsoring Walking the Beat Hollywood, a pioneering arts education program for inner city high school youth and police officers. Utilizing performing arts as a vehicle for youth empowerment and community building, the project will provide transformative experiences for underserved youth and police officers in a Fountain Theatre partnership with Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Hollywood Police Activities League and Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy. Inner city youth and LAPD officers will work together over the course of eight weeks to develop, write and perform a theater piece based on their own stories. The program will culminate with three free, public performances, beginning Aug 9 at the Caminito Theater, located on the campus of Los Angeles City College.
  • East West Players announces the second cohort of its Playwrights Group, providing space and artistic support over the course of a year for six writers of color. The 2019 program is led by playwright Alice Tuan and composed of writers from diverse backgrounds as part of EWP’s 54th Anniversary Season. The members of the 2019 inaugural playwrights group are Inda Craig-Galván, Lisa Dring, Eric Loo, Anna Moench, Lina Patel, and Christopher Peña.


  • The Road Theatre Company announces the fourth and final show of its 2018-2019 season, the Los Angeles premiere of At The Table, written by Michael Perlman, directed by Judith Moreland is extending through Saturday, July 20 at the Road Theatre on Lankershim. The production will be adding three Monday “Industry” nights to the schedule (July 1, 8, 15). The cast includes Justin Okin, Christian Prentiss, Avery Clyde, Ray Paolantonio, Cherish Monique Duke, Blake Young-Fountain, Jacqueline Misaye and Nick Marcone.
  • Theatre 40 is presenting the U.S. premiere of Renovations for Six, a comedy by Norm Foster, wherein all hell breaks loose at a dinner party for six when the couples’ cultures clashCast includes Lane Compton, Rebecca Driscoll, Gail Johnston, David Hunt Stafford, Martin Thompson and Mona Lee Wylde, directed by Howard Storm. Opens July 18 in the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the campus of Beverly Hills High School.


  • LA Theatre Works is presenting a recorded-live-in-front-of-an-audience-for-future-radio-broadcast production of Henrik Ibsen’s 1891 masterwork, Hedda Gabler, adapted by Doug Hughes, starring Jocelyn Towne as Hedda, directed by Debbie Devine. Supporting ensemble includes Lovensky Jean-Baptise, Shannon Holt, Elizabeth Ruscio and Karen Malina White. Opens June 28 at James Bridges Theater on the campus of UCLA in Westwood.
  • Classical Theatre Lab and The City of West Hollywood is offering the17th century romantic fable, The Last Days of Don Juan, written by Tirso De Molina, English language adaptation by Nick Dear. Cast includes Carlo Figlio (as Don Juan), Virtic Emil Brown, Christina Conte, Erin Fitzgerald, Lauren Lewis, Luke Guldan, Nico Madden, Michael Sturgis, Ian Waters, Donald Wayne and Alexander Wells, directed by Suzanne Hunt-Jenner. Opens July 13 at Kings Road Park, an outdoor venue in West Hollywood.
  • Open Fist Theatre Company presents 1992 Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa by Irish playwright Brian Friel. Set in the summer of 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, follows the every day lives of five unmarried sisters. Stars artistic director Martha Demson, Lane Allison, Ann Marie Wilding, Sandra Kate Burck, Caroline Klidonas, David Shofner, Christopher Cappiello and Scott Roberts, directed by Barbara Schofield. Opens July 12 in Atwater Village Theatre.
  • Lit Crawl L.A, the official Los Angeles affiliate of the Litquake Foundation’s international Lit Crawl series, returns as a Community Partner of CicLAvia—Heart of LA, Greater Los Angeles’s second largest literary festival and a free-to-the-public citywide event. DTLA hubs during CicLAvia—Heart of LA will host innovative presentations showcasing the best of L.A.’s literary scene from throughout Los Angeles County. Los Angeles based literary organizations can submit to present at Lit Crawl L.A. beginning June 28, 2019. In addition to the diverse writing that fuels Lit Crawl, a special welcome is extended to journalists, memorialists, personal storytellers, Hollywood industry stories, children’s literature and political/multicultural writings including ASL readings. Sixth annual Lit Crawl L.A happens Oct 6.


  • British actor/singer Richard Shelton is bringing his sold-out 2018 Edinburgh Festival show, the U.S. premiere of Sinatra: Raw, focusing on Frank Sinatra preparing for his last minute pre-retirement show, playing at the Taper Amphitheatre at Coldwater Canyon Park, a one-night-only event, June 30 is part of Tree People’s ‘Once Upon a Canyon Night’ series.
  • Noted actress/singer Barbara Minkus has moved her autobiographical one-woman show, 18 Minutes of Fame, from the Pico Theatre to The Braid Theatre in Santa Monica for two performances, July 13 and 21.


  • Rogue Machine and Collaborative Artists Bloc present An American Saga Revival of Gunshot Medley: Part I, written by Dionna Michelle Daniel, directed by Desean Kevin Terry.  Opens July 6th at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

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.