This Week in LA Theatre

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Written by Julio Martinez

Image credit: 2015 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony held at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Monday, November 9, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)


  • Nonprofit arts organizations in Los Angeles County interested in working with college interns during the summer may now apply to participate in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Grant Program. For the first time, grantees of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture’s Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) may also apply to participate to support their arts programming. The deadline is October 23, 2019.The program provides undergraduate students with paid on-the-job training and experience working in nonprofit arts management, while offering organizations an opportunity to foster and develop future arts leaders. Internships last 400 hours between June and August. Organizations interested in hiring a summer intern can apply to receive grants of $5,000 to $6,500 per intern, depending on budget size, to be used to pay students. The program is for Los Angeles County nonprofit organizations interested in mentoring an undergraduate college student for 400 hours during Summer 2020 that are cultural organizations including performing, presenting, film, media, arts service, municipal and literary arts organizations. For detailed guidelines and eligibility requirements, visit For more information about the Internship Program, email or call (213) 202-5858.
  • Short+Sweet, the world’s biggest festival of short works for film, stage and dance occurring in nine countries and thirty cities, will present in L.A. at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in the Lee Strasberg institute in Hollywood. There will be four weeks of theatre. The first two weeks of the festival will be in English. The next week will be devoted to Latinx artists with works in Spanish, English and Spanglish. The final week will concentrate on works that highlight LGBTQ+ themes.
  • IAMA Theatre Company has invited six up-and-coming Los Angeles playwrights to participate in its newly minted Under 30 Playwrights Lab. The inaugural group includes Laura Donney, Max Friedlich, Ken Greller, Madeline Hendricks, Nicholas Pilapil and Adriana Santos, each of whom will be in residence at IAMA for the entire 2019-20 season. Over the course of the year-long residency, the writers will meet on a monthly basis to share and develop their work in a peer-guided format led by Under 30’s Max Friedlich. Members of the Lab will be also given dramaturgical support from the artistic and literary staff at IAMA, as well as a ticket to each of IAMA’s mainstage productions. The Lab will culminate in either a reading or workshop of each member’s work.


  • The Road Theatre Company, in association with SPARK Theatrical, present the first show of the Road’s 2019-2020 season, the premiere of The Spanish Prayer Book, exploring the allure of sacred objects, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections, written by Angela J. Davis. The cast features Allison Blaize, Laura Gardner, Carlos Lacamara, Richard-John Seikaly, Amy Tolsky, Allan Wasserman and Tiffany Wolff, directed by Lee Sankowich. Opens Sep 20 at the Road Theatre on Magnolia, located in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony.
  • Theatre Unleashed is presenting Never Ever Land, a deeply personal take on one of the most shocking lawsuits of all time and its lasting affects for one family in particular, written by writer/actor Rider Strong. Cast includes Andrew Carter, Wade F. Wilson, Josh Randall, Marie Francoise Theodore, Ashley Platz, Leif Gantvoort, Elena Silva, Orlando Christian, Lee Pollero and Ann Hurd, directed by Michael A. Shepperd, produced by Oscar-winning Andrew Carlberg. Opens Sep 28 at studio/stage in East Hollywood.
  • The Fountain Theatre is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of the Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel award-winning comedy-drama, Between Riverside and Crazy, focusing on a recent widower, his rent controlled apartment and the powers that want him out, by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Cast includes Montae Russell, Matthew Hancock, Marisol Miranda, Victor Anthony, Lesley Fera, Joshua Bitton and Liza Fernandez, directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos.  Opens Oct 19.
  • L.A. Theatre Works is offering record-before-a-live-audience-for-future-radio-broadcast  U.S. premiere of Pressure by David Haig, chronicling Scottish meteorologist James Stagg as he struggles to advise General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord on D Day, 1944. The cast features Jonathan Cake as Stagg, as well as Darren Richardson, voice actor André Sogliuzzo and Matthew Wolf, directed by Martin Jarvis. Plays Oct 4-6 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in Westwood.


  • The Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents Our Country, co-created by Becca Wolff and Annie Saunders, inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone and origin stories from the American frontier, directed by Wolff and devising by the company.  Performs Nov 9 & 10.


  • Molly Malone’s pub in Los Angeles will be hosting Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera, created and performed by Chris Pierce, a tale told in twenty-one songs, following the journey of a fictional street preacher, many years ago in the American Deep South. Co-written and directed by Mark Malone. Plays Nov 3.


  • Playwright Erik Patterson, director Chris Fields and cast members discuss the premier of Echo Theatre Company’s Handjob, playing in Atwater Village Theatre, through Oct 20.  

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.