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February 11, 2005 | Don Shirley
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.
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 | Don Shirley
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 | MICHELLE QUINN, Michelle Quinn is a Times staff writer
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 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
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 | Mike Boehm
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.
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.
A Theseus foiled by a faulty fuse? A Bottom who plugs into his Titania? Teen-age lovers crazed by their escalating hormones? Don't ask, but, yes, that is the Cornerstone Theater Company's loopy reinvention of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It opened Thursday at Highways in Santa Monica and never have so many clever ideas run around in such an underdeveloped state. Mr. Theseus (Benajah Cobb) is a parochial school headmaster and Hippolyta (Conchita Delmar) a teaching nun.
June 23, 2002 | MIKE BOEHM
Avisionary, wrote the poet William Blake, sees the world in a grain of sand. The aim of "Crossings," the latest production from Cornerstone Theater Company, is to envision the world atop a mound of dirt--specifically the one heaped in front of St. Vibiana's, the defunct, earthquake-damaged cathedral that was the seat of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles for 120 years. The play, subtitled "Journeys of Catholic Immigrants," draws its story outlines from the Bible.
June 14, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Grand Avenue and LA Live have been the focal points for arts and entertainment projects aimed at reviving downtown Los Angeles, but more grass-roots-oriented efforts in other downtown districts got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of $1.2 million in grants from ArtPlace, a national initiative to deploy culture as a community development tool. Though overseen by federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace is funded privately by a consortium of major charitable foundations and banks.
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