This Week in LA Theatre

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Written By Julio Martinez

  • Multi-award winning Interact Theatre Company will be returning to its roots, the San Fernando Valley, for a play reading series, The Pulitzer Prize Winners: 10 Plays From 10 Decades. Celebrating the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the series produced by Barry Heins, will be hosted by North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library. The readings will take place on the last Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. for ten consecutive months, consisting of one Pulitzer winner from each decade:
    • 1920s – Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill directed by Oliver Muirhead (9/29/2019)
    • 1930s – You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman, directed by Barry Heins (10/27/2019)
    • 1940s – The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, directed by Rob Brownsteinn (11/24/2019)
    • 1950s – Picnic by William Inge, directed by Cate Caplin (12/29/2019)
    • 1960s – The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler, directed by Barry Heins (1/26/2020)
    • 1970s – The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer, directed by Kristen Egermeier (2/23/2020)
    • 1980s – Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, directed by Rob Adler (3/29/2020)
    • 1990s – Wit by Margaret Edison, directed by Anita Khanzadian, 4/26/2020
    • 2000s – Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies, directed by Christina Carlisi (5/31/2020)
    • 2010s – Disgraced by Ayad Aktar, directed by Mary Lou Belli (6/28/2020)

The readings also aim to focus attention on ITC’s campaign to help the North Hollywood branch library dramatically increase its inventory of plays. In March 2019, Los Angeles lost a vital resource when the 70-year-old Samuel French Film & Theatre Bookshop permanently closed its doors. ITC is hoping to create a new go-to resource for the theatre community. If you have plays or play compilations at home that are just gathering dust, and would like to donate them to the library (in good condition and unmarked), please bring them with you to the readings. The readings are open to the public, admission is free, and no reservations are required. For further information, please visit and

  • The Board of Directors of Boston Court Pasadena announced a new leadership team, as well as plans to modify the 16-year-old organization’s programming cycle. Jessica Kubzansky, a Founding Artistic Director of BCP, will become its sole Artistic Director beginning January 1, 2020. General Manager Cheryl Rizzo has been named Managing Director effective immediately. Kubzansky and Rizzo will co-lead the organization, and both will report to the Board of Directors.


  • Geffen Playhouse in Westwood has announced the full cast for its premiere stage adaptation of Key Largo, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Garcia, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson and the screenplay by Richard Brooks & John Huston, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes and featuring Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia as Johnny Rocco. Features original music composed by Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval. In addition to Garcia, the cast features Stephen Borrello, Joely Fisher, Rose McIver, Louis Mustillo, Danny Pino, Tony Plana, Richard Riehle and Bradley Snedeker. Opens Nov 6 in the Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse.


  • Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2019 – 2020 season with The Haunting of Hill HouseDr. Montague invites his small team of volunteers to join his paranormal investigation of an unwelcoming mansion with a history of secrets and tragedies—adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel written by Shirley Jackson in 1959. Cast includes Jade Yancosky, Paige Laney, Marcia Bender, Mitchell Nunn, David Edward Reyes, Lee Samuel Tanng and Phyllis M. Nofts, directed by Holland Renton. Opens September 21.
  • Anaheim’s Chance Theater announces the second show in its fifth TYA Family Series, Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, book and lyrics by John Maclay and music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, based on the stories by R.L. Stine, directed by Darryl B. Hovis. Opens Oct 6 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage.
  • International City Theatre concludes its 2019 season with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson, a musical portrait of one of the greatest jazz and blues vocalists of all time at one of her last club appearances in 1959, featuring Karole Foreman in the title role, directed by Wren T. Brown with music direction by Stephan Terry. Opens Oct 18 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.


  • Pamela Shaw traces her journey from an obedient and deferential childhood in the show, Naughty with a Band, directed by Randy Brenner, choreographed and designed by Zakk Allan, with musical direction by Bill Schneider, coming to Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City for One Night Only, Sep 17.


  • After winning a Producers’ Encore Award at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, Fertile by star solo artist Heather Dowling, directed and developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, is coming back for three special performances, beginning Sep 20 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.


  • Writer Leda Siskind, director Amanda Conlon and cast members discuss The Surveillance Trilogy, opening Sep 19 at Theatre 40, located n the campus of Bevery Hills High School.

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airing Fridays (2-2:30pm), on KPFK 90.7FM.

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.