The concept of Fringe Festivals first originated in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, when “eight performance groups appeared uninvited on the ‘fringes’ of the exclusive Edinburgh International Festival” (x). Fringe Festivals now exist all over the world, and one key component of them is that there is no curating body that decides who is or isn’t allowed to participate. Although participants have to pay a registration fee and take on the labor-intensive task of self-producing their own shows, Fringe Festivals still provide a globally-recognized platform for independent creators to showcase their work. And the Hollywood Fringe is no exception.

I have a vested interest in the Hollywood Fringe this year because I am producing a show at the festival. I wanted to find other shows that have lesbian main characters in them, so I scoured the HF website for shows that mention the word “lesbian” in the title or description and I sent out a survey to my fellow Fringers. When it was all said and done, I was able to find a total of three shows (mine included) that have lesbian main characters in them. These shows are listed below in alphabetical order. Come out and see them next month!


Production Team: Ashley Obinwanne, Parker Lemal-Brown, and Erika Ito

Description: In this musical comedy, two adult siblings push the responsibility of caring for their aging mother onto each other— before realizing that she has plans of her own.

Phoenix is a depressed children’s book author whose long-time girlfriend recently dumped her. Noah is a gambling-addicted, furniture salesman whose homelife is in shambles. The last thing this brother and sister pair want to do is take care of someone else. When they get the call that their mother nearly burned down their childhood home, they make the trip from LA to San Bernardino to check on her, all the while hoping that she isn’t losing her mind, and each wanting the other person to handle it if she is.

Better off with You tackles growing up, growing old, and parenting your parents. This darkly comedic musical asks: what does it take to create a family and how do you keep one from falling apart?

Why You Should Come See the Show: For a lighthearted take on a serious yet extremely relatable subject

Showtimes: June 9th at 3pm, June 14th at 7pm, June 16 at 2pm

Location: Actors Company (Let Live Theater) – 916 N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046



Production Team: John Cassidy and Michael Van Bodegom Smith

Description: In “Heartbreak Hospital,” a futuristic medical facility dedicated to healing the emotionally heartbroken, young Emmy Lynn confronts her past and learns the true complexities of love, challenging both herself and others to find healing beyond romantic entanglements.

Why You Should Come See the Show: According to the creator, “this musical is an exploration of the human condition, a poignant reminder that sometimes, the road to healing is as intricate as the heart itself.”

Showtimes: June 7 at 7pm, June 13 at 8:30pm, June 15 at 1pm, June 19 at 7pm

Location: Actors Company (Let Live Theater) – 916 N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046



Production Team: Molly Gloeckner and Charles Towle

Description: In this hilarious and provocative solo show, Butch, the sardonic girlfriend of a semi-popular lesbian tiktoker, begins sneaking out at night in an attempt to reclaim her individuality. Acting out in increasingly drastic ways, Butch finds herself in a head-spinning predicament she is unable to joke away. A distinctive black comedy, Modern Butchood is sure to make you laugh, cry and consider the lies we tell ourselves.

Why You Should Come See the Show: Molly says “Come for the messy lesbian drama, biting sense of humor, and thoughtful reflections on queer identity.”

Showtimes: June 8th at 8:30pm, June 15th at 5:30pm, June 16 at 9:30pm, June 21 at 8:30pm, June 23 at 12:30pm, June 27th at 8:30pm, June 29th at 3pm

Location: Actors Company (The Little Theater) – 916 N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046