December 10, 2000 |
In 1967, the Mark Taper Forum was launched with a considerable dose of renegade spirit. It was to be the experimental wing of what was then called the Music Center. Over the decades, however, the Taper became the cornerstone of L.A. theater--the one company, for example, that most guidebooks are sure to mention in their few lines about the L.A. stage. The Taper produces new plays and tries to serve a staggering variety of constituencies, but no one doubts that in L.A.
August 18, 1991 |
The Walker River Indian Reservation is huge, the largest in Nevada, 36,000 acres as arid and empty as any foisted upon this continent's native people. Schurz (pop. 850), the only town on the reservation, is disproportionately tiny, so small that at least two Nevada directory-assistance operators had never heard of it. If you're blowing along Route 95 on a dark night, you'd miss the town entirely if it wasn't for the sudden drop to a 25 m.p.h. limit.
December 18, 2005 |
TURNING 20 next year? If so, Cornerstone Theater is inviting you to help it celebrate its own 20th birthday by participating in its production "Demeter in the City" at REDCAT in June. In Greek mythology, Demeter was separated from her daughter Persephone, and the play will explore the issues of parent-child separation and becoming an independent adult. The script is being written by Sarah Ruhl, whose "The Clean House" was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize last year.
February 11, 2005 |
Bill Rauch, co-founder of Cornerstone Theater and its longtime artistic director, will leave his job in March 2006 -- about three months shy of the L.A.-based company's 20th anniversary. "Twenty years seems like a good chunk of life," Rauch said, adding that he has "curiosity about other professional adventures." Although he doesn't have another permanent job lined up, Rauch recently directed his first TV series episode, a "Judging Amy" that's expected to air in March.
November 17, 2001 |
It wasn't a typical opening night for Cornerstone Theater's Festival of Faith, now playing at New Horizon School in Pasadena. Theatergoers had to show photo IDs before entering the venue. The box-office attendant carefully noted driver's license numbers. Thursday's performance was taking place at an Islamic school. And after the terrorist attacks of Sept.
December 8, 2005 |
New York-based playwright and director Michael John Garces has been named the new artistic director of Cornerstone Theater, the L.A.-based ensemble that specializes in site-specific, multicultural collaborations with local communities. Born in Miami of a Cuban father and a Minnesota-reared mother, Garces lived with his family in Colombia, where his father was an accountant, from age 6 to 18. He returned to Florida to attend the University of Miami, where he received a fine arts degree.
July 26, 1992 |
Turning his back to the actors on stage, the director opens his mouth and mocks a silent scream. It's been a grueling rehearsal and Bill Rauch has been nice all day. But with a little over two weeks to go before opening night, the play is hopelessly behind schedule, and Rauch is frustrated. More than a dozen actors out of a cast of 40 have dropped out in the past month, and today, an actress in a key role is reported to have suffered heart trouble over the weekend.
March 16, 1997 |
Don't feel bad if you haven't the faintest idea what you're looking at when you first walk into "Uncommon Sense." This three-ring circus of an exhibition, opening today at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, includes a rodeo arena replete with prancing horse, 600 tons of ground glass, a replica of a set from the television series "Melrose Place," an MTA bus, a shotgun-style house and a live nude model. Needless to say, some time and attention are demanded to grasp the deeper meanings of all this.
February 3, 2009 |
For 23 years, Cornerstone Theater Company has aimed for dramatic immediacy by enlisting communities caught up in contemporary issues and making plays out of the stories they tell. It has performed in an Oregon cattle barn, on the roof of the deconsecrated St. Vibiana's cathedral in downtown L.A. and on the National Mall in Washington. But until Saturday morning, Cornerstone never had done a play behind bars.
October 19, 2001 |
According to Cornerstone Theater Company, "Zones" is "part play, part community forum" in which audiences can "share their thoughts and experiences as the action unfolds around them." It is "a new theatrical construction, built at the intersection of performance and community dialogue." And, as zoning variance hearings go, it's fairly intriguing. The audience members enter the performance as concerned citizens from a specific neighborhood.