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California: The Tempest

When: May 21-23, 7 p.m. 2015

From 2004 through 2013, Cornerstone created plays across California through its Institute Summer Residency program, spending a month each summer living and working with diverse California communities, and bringing along other artists, activists and educators from all over the country to collaborate and make community-engaged theater. Cornerstone is celebrating a decade of Summer Residencies with a new production, California: The Tempest, uniting these 10 California communities onstage and touring to each location. Take the journey… Join Cornerstone Theater Company for an epic, year-long, ten-city, decade-in-the making, once-in-a-lifetime, world premiere theatrical road-trip across the greatest state in the nation. Journey from the downtown Los Angeles Arts District to Arvin, Lost Hills, Grayson & Westley, Pacoima, East Salinas, Fowler, Holtville, Eureka, San Francisco and then back to Downtown L.A. where it all began as each of these ten communities contributes to writing the play they inspire. In California: The Tempest, “What’s past is prologue,” as playwright Alison Carey’s adaptation of The Tempest meets the challenges of the Golden State head-on in this traveling experience that conjures love, disaster, revenge, forgiveness & music (all that you would expect from Shakespeare!); mixed with earthquakes, drought, overdevelopment, food equity, state politics, fracking and immigration policy (all that you would expect from California) as Prosper, Minerva, Caliban and Californians from across the state yearn to find the commonality in our diversity and imagine a healthy and inclusive future for California.

Price: TBA

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