Feed the Soul: Cornerstone Theater Company

Rehearsal
The play's the thing: Cornerstone rehearses on the streets.

Ah, artists starve for their art, but what happens when a community is starved of art?  The Pasadena Playhouse is set to close its doors; the city council vetoed a motion to cut public funding for the city’s art programs, but only after a very, very loud scream from local artists and supporters; and a recent article in the New York Times profiled Eli Broad and the fickle and insular nature of arts philanthropy in the city.  Now, then, seems to be the time to support troupes like Cornerstone Theater Company, whose mission is to collaborate with the community and produce works that relate to local issues.  “Touch the Water,” for example, dealt with the complicated – and unending – politicking related to the river that runs through us, the LA River.  The current production is On Caring for the Beast, the fifth play in Cornerstone’s “Justice Cycle” that explores how politics and laws fracture and affect the people they’re supposedly legislated to protect.  The best part here is that while tickets are normally $20, on Wednesdays you can pay anywhere between $5 and $20 – whatever you can afford, no questions asked or moral judgments passed.  Perhaps more exciting is the company’s 10th Annual Bridge Awards on March 16th, in which Jane Lynch (that’s Christy Cummings for those of us who knew talent when we saw it; Sue Sylvester for the more recent fans; and, for me, an unabashed object of desire) will present an honorary award to Paris Barclay.  Tickets to the play are available on Brown Paper Tickets; to donate or buy a ticket to the Bridge Awards here, go here.  Support the arts, feed the community, and see Jane Lynch to boot.  Dreams come true, they really do.

Photo credit: Ed Fuentes / blogdowntown