This Week in LA Theatre

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Written by Julio Martinez


  • The upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival 2020 has revised its registration schedule. The registration deadline is extended to May 1st, 2020. For those who need more time to decide if participation is right for them this year, HFF is moving back its registration deadline one month. Out of due caution and the need to create equal opportunities for all participants, HFF is canceling its in-person events in March and replacing them with Virtual Fringe experiences.  Such event as: Hiking About Fringe, scheduled for Saturday March 14th has been cancelled, April & May hiking events are currently still on the schedule; Fringe Speed Dating will be revamped into an online chat led by Fringe veterans via Twitter, functioning similar to our Twitter chats, which will remain unchanged; Workshop 3: Marketing & Publicity will be moved to a live-streamed, online event; HFF Office Hours, scheduled for March 25, will also be revamped into an online event, while In-person Office Hours is planned to resume on April 1. By moving these events to online platforms, the intent is to foster community in safer spaces while this public health event impacts our lives. HFF will continue to monitor the situation, and follow the advice of state and local officials, but hope to resume public events with its first official Office Hours of the season on April 1st at Black, Hollywood.
  • Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank launches submissions for its third annual New Works Festival, slotted for Sep 14–16. Submissions are now open and will close Apr 15, 2020. The 2020 New Works Festival will pair five playwrights with professional LA-based directors and actors for readings of the selected finalists. Following the readings, the audience and Garry Marshall Theatre’s New Works Producing Team allow those in attendance to be part of the playwright’s process. All finalists will be considered for future development and production at the theatre. The 2020 New Works Festival finalists will be chosen through a blind submission process. Applicants will submit their play as a blind PDF and fill out an informational form on the Garry Marshall Theatre website. Plays should be full-length and their form should offer a complete evening of theatre. Plays submitted should contain up to only six actors, and should not have received a previous professional production. Submissions require a $20 fee, which supports the submission and review process. Selected finalists will receive a small honorarium. Submission guidelines can be found at


  • South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa announces its 2020-21 Season, featuring four premieres, including: Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical (music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Messé, book by Craig Lucas) to be directed by Ivers; Threshold by actor, writer and producer Amy Brenneman (who stars in the show) and Vladimir by Erika Sheffer. The complete season, presented on the Segerstrom and the Julianne Argyros Stages, is as follows: August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Lou Bellamy (Sep 5-Oct. 3); the premiere of Threshold, co-created by Amy Brenneman and Sabrina Peck, written by Brenneman, directed and choreographed by Sabrina Peck (Sept 27-Oct. 18); Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis (based on the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha Book 1) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, directed by Juliette Carrillo (Oct 17-Nov. 14); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, additional dialogue by Michael Mayer, additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed by Kari Hayter (Nov 6-22); Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jerry Patch, directed by Hisa Takakuwa  (Nov 28-Dec 27); Tiger Style! by Mike Lew, directed by Lisa Portes (Jan 3-24, 2021);  Our Town by Thornton Wilder, directed by Beth Lopes (Jan 23-Feb 20, 2021);  Last Stop on Market Street by Cheryl L. West, based on the book by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Dozier, directed by Oanh Nguyen (Feb 5-21, 2021); The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow, based on the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock and an original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble, directed by Kent Nicholson (Mar 7-28, 2021); the premiere of Vladimir by Erika Sheffer, director TBA (Mar 27-Apr 24, 2021); TBA Premiere (Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival) (Apr 11-May 2, 2021); the premiere of Prelude to a Kiss The Musical, music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley & Dan Messé, book by Craig Lucas, directed by David Ivers (May 15-June 12, 2021); and A Theatre For young Audiences TBA (May 28-June 13, 2021).  


  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County has announced both its Broadway Series and Curtain Call Series Broadway Series for 2020-21, beginning with Ain’t Too Proud:  The Life and Times of The Temptations (Nov 17–29). The season continues with My Fair Lady (Feb 16-28, 2021; The Cher Show (Apr 13-25, 2021); Frozen (May 12-29); Pretty Woman: The Musical (June 16-28) and To Kill A Mockingbird (Aug 12–23),. The Curtain Call Series consists of The Donna Summer Musical (Jan 7-12, 2021); Come From Away (Jan 26-31, 2021); and Jesus Christ Superstar (Mar 23-28, 2021).


  • France-Luce Benson, Community Co-Ordinator for Fountain Theatre, discusses the theater’s immediate plans during the current pandemic emergency.


Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airing on KPFK (90.7fm) on Fridays 2-2:30pm, streamed live around the world in real time over  On Friday, Mar 20, Taylor Gilbert, Co-Artistic Director of Road Theatre Company joins Julio in a discussion of Road’s plans during the current pandemic and its plans for the future. 

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.