On The Fringe

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Written By Julio Martinez

  • Hollywood Fringe Fest VIP opening night party passes are now available. Ticket includes early admission at 5pm, fast pass into the party, drink ticket, photo op, button, candy and more! Purchase tickets here.  The event takes pace June 12 at the LGBT Center. Entrance requires a button, which will be available for purchase at the door, but be advised to purchase in advance. Friends and family are welcome to attend all Fringe events with the purchase of a button, but must be at least 18 years of age and 21+ with valid ID to consume alcohol.


  • Returning to HFF, The Color Collective, a comedy variety show with a 12-member ensemble, featuring diversity and inclusion in everything from music and dance to stand-up and sketch comedy, plus a live DJ, produced by Royce Shockly. Plays June 6, 14, 19, 22, 23, 29 at OMR Theater at The Complex Hollywood.
  • The premiere of the ensemble comedy, Invitation To Love…and Death, written, directed and produced by TJ O’Brien, introduces you to the wacky world of the hit reality show Invitation to Love—an unlikely cross between The Bachelor and American Idol.  Featuring a 12-member ensemble, plays June 9, 14, 16, 29, 30 at McCadden Place Theatre.


  • Smylie Productions presents Let’s Write a Musical, a man, diagnosed with cancer, decides to write a musical about the experience with his wife, taking their characters on an emotional roller coaster ride. Created by Lawrie Chiaro Smylie.  Plays June 8, 15 23, 28, 30 at McCadden Place Theatre.
  • Hamilkong, a musical parody based on the songs of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” while following the discovery, capture, and murder of the Eighth Wonder of the World: Kong. Conceived by Adam Koremman. Plays June 8, 16, 21, 29 at OMR Theatre at The Complex.


  • The premiere of Chrysalis, a collection of monologues, personal essays, and short sketches written and performed by a 12-member diverse cast of femme-identifying folks, directed by Sara Tomko, plays June 8, 14, 23, 27, at The California Room in the Thymele Arts Space.
  • Writer James Fritz’s Start Swimming, a surrealistic play drenched in political upheaval,  asking what power young people have to create change, is directed by Alexandra Fiallos . Plays June 7, 8, 16, 19, 23, 27c at The Broadwater Mainstage.
  • Immersive Theatre presents Hell’s Finest. A sadist, a murderer, and a predator all share one common goal: to become the leader of the finest cult, the Ascendants of Abaddon.  They must go up against each other in competition to impress the cult’s current leader: Adam. Written and directed by Ashlynn Judy, plays June 9 at the Ruby Theatre @ The Complex.


  • Writer/performer James J. Cox is presenting Love, Madness, And Somewhere In Between, directed by Trace Oakley, a glimpse into a mystical journey filled with love, pain, insanity and redemption. Plays June 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 at Hudson Theatre Guild.
  • Writer Troy Deutsch’s Orangutan, a dark comedy inspired by Bill Maher’s challenge to Donald Trump’s Obama “Birther” claims, is performed by Kristina Mueller, directed by Tinks Lovelace. Plays June 8, 19, 21, 23, 27 at The Broadwater Black Box Theatre.
  • Written and performed by Chamber Stevens, ExtraOrdinary is a one person comedy about a girl who is indeed that, Starring Ashleu McQueston, directed by Jae Head. Plays June 8, 14, 18, 23, 28 at Broadwater Studio.


  • Developed in association with the Female Playwrights Initiative, the premiere of Alive-Ish, a story about survival, created by Anabella Funk, utilizing, raw narrative, modern dance, en pointe ballet, and a live string duo, plays June 9, 13, 14, 23, 29 at Broadwater Stage.
  • The spirit of Lady Macbeth invites the audience to experience her nightmare of stifled ambition, unfulfilled desire, and ultimate loss in Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth,  choreographed and performed by Yokko, directed by Brian Rhinehart. There will also be a second solo performance production from a multi-award winning physical theatre group, Ren Gyo Soh. Plays June 7, 15, 19, 23 at The Lounge 1.


  • Lerris the Grey asks Fringers: “What is your favorite line from your show?”

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.