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.

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)

  • IAMA Theatre Company presents New Works Festival, staged readings of six new plays over the course of one weekend in this annual series. Includes The Elephants by Mat Smart, directed by Jaime Castenada (Nov 14); All The Stupid Bitches, written and directed by Morgan Gould (Nov 15); You’re Crazy (a play with Karaoke) by Steph Del Rosso, directed by Annie Tippe (Nov 16); Model Minority by Chloe Hung, directed by Alana Dietz (Nov 16); Headwind by Adam Hunter Howard, directed by Michelle Bossy (Nov 17); and The Evergreenmusic and lyrics by Mathew Puckett, directed by Stefanie Black (Nov 17). Plays at The Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown L.A.


  • Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale is presenting the premiere of Eight Nights, written by Jennifer Maisel, developed in the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, focusing on a Holocaust survivor, haunted by her past, who resiliently moves toward the future. Stars Tessa Auberjonois, Arye Gross, Devin Kawaoka, Christopher Watson, Karen Malina White, Zoe Yale, and Josh Zuckerman, directed by Emily Chase. Opens Nov 8 at Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
  • The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood is hosting the premiere musical, Salvage, created by Tim Alderson (book), as well as Mark Heard, Pat Terry, Randy Van Warmer and Alderson (music and lyrics). A singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang up his dream before it destroys his family. On his way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles into the bar where his musical hero died. Cast includes David Atkinson, Christopher Fordinal, Nina Herzog, and Leonard Earl Howze, directed by Damian D. Lewis, opens Nov 16.
  • The Collaborative Artists Ensemble is offering the West Coast Premiere of Jennifer Blackmer’s drama, Unraveled, exploring the relationship between a mother and daughter when the end is imminent. The cast features Carolyn Crotty, Kathy Bell Denton, Jake Jensen, Drew Lee Davis-Wheeler, Heidi Shon, and Meg Wallace, directed by Steve Jarrard. Opens playing Nov 15 at The Sherry Theater in North Hollywood.
  • Pasadena Playhouse, in association with East West Players, presents the Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries. Stars Justin Chien, Christine Lin, Grant Chang, and James Eckhouse, directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. Opens Nov 10.
  • Studio C in Hollywood is hosting the Los Angeles premiere of Second Degree, Holly (aunt) and Joslyn (niece), second-degree relatives, share their intergenerational journeys of healing when they found themselves living together, temporarily. Opens Nov 9.


  • The Latino Theater Company, in collaboration with UCLA School of Theater Film and TV and East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department, is presenting La Victima, combatting anti-immigrant rhetoric, written by El Teatro de la Esperanza, directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela. Originally performed by the Latino Theater Company in 1978, a new generation of Latinx artists from UCLA and ELAC will perform the work at Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown L.A., Nov 7-10, and then tour Los Angeles to bring this piece to the heart of the community, Nov 11 to Dec 8 (locations TBA), where the production will be performed for no admission fee. 
  • Laguna Playhouse has revealed the final cast to join TV and theatre veterans Frances Fisher and Gregory Harrison in The Lion in Winter, written by James Goldman and directed by Sheldon Epps. The ensemble will also feature Spencer Curnutt, Burt Grinstead, Chelsea Kurtz, Ian Littleworth, and Taubert Nadalini. Opens Nov 10.
  • Wasatch Theatrical Ventures presents 1960 Tony-winning The Best Man, a political drama, set at a Presidential nominating convention, written by Gore Vidal. Cast features Mark Belnick, Zack Carter, Martha Hackett, Paul Morris III, John Ruby, Aubrey Saverino, Edwin Scheibner, Michael William Thompson, Ian Patrick Williams, and Rachel Winfree, directed by Gary Lee Reed. Opens Nov 2 in the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
  • After winning a Producers’ Encore Award at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival and a successful engagement at the Whitefire Theatre, Heather Dowling’s solo show, Fertile, directed and developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, focusing on a woman with a plan…a plan to get pregnant, is coming back for a special performance Nov 2 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, as part of the Binge Fringe Festival of Free Theatre.


  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’A Christmas Carol, adapted by Andrew McPherson, with additional script by Simon Harvey and David Mynne, performed by Mynne, under the direction of Simon Harvey. Plays Dec 4-8 in the Lovelace Studio Theatre.


  • Playwright Cailin Maureen Harrison, director Reena Dutt and cast members discuss the premiere play Defenders, taking place in Iceland when the country was threatened with invasion by Germany during WWII. Opens Nov 9 at The Broadwater Black Box.  


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.