Cornerstone Theater Company


“What Happens Next” in San Diego and Irvine!

Save the date for upcoming presentations of “What Happens Next” in Southern California. Ticket info coming soon!

The show will be at University of California Irvine on November 18 at 6:30pm at Winifred Smith Hall.

And then at Challenge Athletes Foundation (9591 Waples St, San Diego, CA 92121) on November 20, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30pm, November 23 & 24 at 2:00pm.

What Happens Next is a play created with, for and about veterans, inspired by stories shared by the military community. The cast combines Cornerstone and guest artist actors with military veterans onstage. 

This play explores the complexities of sacrifice and resilience of those who have served, and sheds light on what they carry into their civilian lives.

In What Happens Next, Bonnie, an idealistic but inexperienced acting teacher, finds herself paired with a group of veterans as part of a drama therapy program. As she is confronted with the reality of her reluctant new students, Bonnie struggles to find a way to build trust and find common ground.

Written by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka and directed by Cornerstone’s Artistic Director Michael John Garcés, What Happens Next was first performed in association with La Jolla Playhouse at the Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego, for an audience of veterans, their families and the general public, and benefiting Operation Rebound.

Challenged Athletes Foundation is a partner organization that serves veterans, and others, with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. 

The performance takes place on the first floor in an open space with audience seated in-the-round.

The performance is approximately 90 minutes long and runs without an intermission.

Read about this project in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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