Inclusive Theatre Project in L.A. Brings Together Faith Groups

June 11, 2005

Source: The New York Times

On June 11, 2005 The New York Times reported, "when the John Anson Ford Amphitheater opened in a canyon near Hollywood 85 years ago, it was to be the host of a Christian pageant that ran until 1964, when a lawsuit opposing religious programming in a county theater ended its run. This weekend, the theater presents a play featuring multiple religious traditions - all thriving in America. The play, 'A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters,' is the creation of the Los Angeles Cornerstone Theater Company; it depicts 10 faith groups in the chronological order of their arrival in what is now Los Angeles, each interacting with the faith preceding and following it in a series of loosely connected vignettes... Since its founding 20 years ago, Cornerstone has always explored concepts of community - both geographical and those based on things like shared occupation or language. In 2000, looking for a new community to explore, the group chose faith and how it both divides and unites people. Cornerstone started what it calls its 'faith cycle' in partnership with the National Conference for Community and Justice, which changed its name from the National Conference of Christians and Jews to signal its inclusiveness, to build relationships with Los Angeles faith groups."