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Cornerstone Theatre Company
Candude or The Optimistic Civil Servant

Project Area: CBD/Financial Core
Project: Play at Central Library
Project Location: 630 W. Fifth Street
Project Type: Cultural Trust Fund


Cornerstone Theater Company received a grant to support a musical theater performance. "Candude, or the Optimistic Civil Servant," of an interpretation of Voltaire's "Candide." Directed by Shishir Kurup, the performance took place in both the interior and exterior of the Central Library. Cornerstone Theater Company creates work alone as a professional ensemble and in collaboration with members of diverse communities in Los Angeles and nationwide. "Candude, or the Optimistic Civil Servant" involved actual civil servants from the community.
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Cornerstone Theater Company is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater that commissions and produces new plays, original works, and contemporary adaptations of classics.  Their productions combine the artistry of professional and community collaborators.  By making theater for and with people of varying ages, cultures, and levels of theatrical experience, Cornerstone builds bridges between and within diverse communities in their home city of Los Angeles and nationwide.