From 1986 to 1991, Cornerstone created 12 musical productions in rural communities in 10 different states. These were intended to be “epic interactions between classic plays and specific American communities”: Molière’s disintegrating and combative families in the Kansas farmland, Shakespeare’s civil strife in the streets of Mississippi, and Aeschylus’ ancient rituals on a modern Native American reservation.”
In 1992, the Cornerstone Theater Company settled in Los Angeles to begin urban residency work, exploring definitions of community with audiences of various social, religious, and economic backgrounds, as well “communities that share culture and language, age, birthday, and transportation.” Over the years, the ensemble has been commissioned to collaborate with such organizations as the Mark Taper Forum, the Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and The Public Theater in New York.
Cornerstone Theater Company Information
- Venues: The main venue is 708 Traction Avenue. Many performances are given at other sites
- Public Transportation: Depends on venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedules are generally Thursday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Tickets are usually a $20 suggested donation or pay what you can.