Cornerstone Theater Company

California: The Tempest – Lost Hills

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California: The Tempest

Lost Hills


WUILH, 2004. Martha Escalante. photo by Maria Schriber.

Driving on I-5, about 2.5 hours north of Los Angeles you might stop at exit 278 for gas from Love’s Travel Center or a meal at Dennys. Drive 2 miles west from there on Hwy 46 and you will find
the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Lost Hills, pop 2400. Lost Hills is an unincorporated town in west Kern County where most folks work for Paramount Farming Co or in the oil fields. Major local crops are pistachios, almonds and pomegranates. The orchards bump right up against homes and the trailer park. There’s a market, a park, a post office, a school and no other public meeting places. But since Cornerstone was there in 2004, the town has gained a stop-light, paved streets and sidewalks, streetlights and the park has had a major upgrade. It’s wonderful to see the civic environment of the town reflect the high quality of the residents of Lost Hills.

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WUILH, 2004. Christian Nolguen, Luis Hernandez, Daniel Rodriguez, Kacee Duran, Jesus Sanchez, Kelly Salgado, Cindy Castillo. photo by Maria Schriber.

Performances: Sept. 18, 19 & 20, 2014,
in the gym at Lost Hills School.
21109 California Hwy 46, Lost Hills, CA 93249 (View Map)

8:00pm Curtain. Plenty of parking.
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested donation $10)
Call to reserve your seats: 1-800-578-1335

Local Partners and Advisors include:
Lost Hills Community Center & Annex
Lost Hills Union School District

Luis Hernandez, who performed in the cast of Waking Up in Lost Hills when he was a student at Lost Hills Elementary School, is a crew member for the tour of California: The Tempest.


Waking Up in Lost Hills, 2004. Anthony Chavez, Sergio Rivera, Augustin Bernardino. photo by Maria Schriber.

Lost Hills is where Cornerstone’s first Institute Summer Residency took place in 2004. We collaborated with the community to present Waking Up in Lost Hills, written by José Cruz Gonzalez, with original music written and performed by Michael Archuleta, and directed by Bill Rauch. It was an adaptation of the Rip Van Winkle story presented in the old auditorium at Lost Hills School. The play had a cast of 44, including 28 community members. Whole families participated together. The play included a puppet dog named Lobo and a dream sequence where ten young cast members dressed like bowling pins were bowled over by an oversized ball. At the end of each performance the audience often danced onstage with the cast. That production could not have happened with the support of Lost Hills Union School District and Superintendent Jerry Scott. Other key advisors included Rafaela Tijerina, Sergio Rivera, Sr. Marie Frances Schroepfer, Dr. David Day and Claudia Nogluen.

The cast of Waking Up in Lost Hills, 2004.


Illustration by Nephelie Andonyadis / Design by Ray Tejada, 2014



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