About the Grant

$35,000 to support THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROJECT (MAP 2008), the fourth of six plays in Cornerstone Theater Company’s three-year Justice Cycle, an exploration of how laws shape and disrupt communities.  Playwright Julie Hébert, director Juliette Carrillo, and the Cornerstone Ensemble are collaborating with communities living along or otherwise connected to the Los Angeles River to create a world premiere production that tackles the intricacy and controversy of urban environmental justice issues.  

About the Project

Once the primary source of fresh water for Los Angeles, the river today suffers severe pollution.  Stretching 51 miles, it weaves through communities across the city in all racial and economic brackets.  Factory workers, scientists, gang members, preservationists, low-income families, wealthy developers, radical activists and conservative politicians, conservative activists and radical politicians, Native Americans, urban farmers, visual artists, and transit authorities are just some of the seemingly disparate individuals who have strong opinions about the river’s future. 
Who has access to natural resources and who doesn’t?  What spaces are vital along the river today? What does the future hold for the ecosystems that exist within it and the communities that live along it?
THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROJECT explores these questions and many others with a cast comprised of both professional actors and community participants.  The play premieres in May 2009 at a site-specific location, with scenic design by Darcy C. Scanlin and original music composed and performed by The Ditty Bops.  Community partners for the project include Farmlab and Friends of the Los Angeles River.

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