Cornerstone Theater Company

“The Cardinal”, a journey through Flushing

Cornerstone Theater Company Presents
The Cardinal, a journey through Flushing

in Queens, New York
Written by Cusi Cram
Directed by Juliette Carrillo

Thank you for joining us to see The Cardinal in Queens, New York August 10-11, 2018. Check out links to some of our press below, click here to view our photo album, and visit our “Meet The Players” blog series to learn more about the Institute participants that helped to create The Cardinal.

Sophie embarks on a journey through her neighborhood in search of answers to questions about her family and home. Strangers and neighbors offer insights, but not everyone is what they seem. Will she find what she is looking for on the 7 Train? At a picnic in Corona Park? Amidst the flowers of a community garden? Or could the answers lie on a flight from JFK?

This world premier play features local residents, original music, and a spectacular shadow puppet portrayal of the urban landscape of Queens.

The Cardinal was created as part of Cornerstone’s Institute Summer Residency, which includes participants from across the United States and Canada.


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Artwork by Queens resident Kaixuan Wang

Cusi Cram

CUSI CRAM (Writer) Cusi Cram is a playwright, screenwriter, educator and an advocate for women in the arts. Her plays have been produced by: Primary Stages, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Denver Center, Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, The Echo Theater, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Atlantic Theater, New Georges, and on stages large and small all over this fine country. Her theater work has been generously supported with residencies and fellowships from The O’Neill Theater Center, The Bogliasco Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, The Herrick Foundation, The Fornes Institute, The Ford Foundation, Space on Ryder Farm and the Stillpoint Fund. She is a 2018 recipient of a NYSCA commission in collaboration with Rattlestick Theater for her play, Novenas for a Lost Hospital, which looks at the closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York’s West Village.

She has also written many teleplays and pilots for both kids and adults and worked as a writer on Showtime's The Big C, starring Laura Linney. She is a long-time writer on WGBH’s children’s program, Arthur for which she has received three Emmy nominations. Cusi recently directed her first film, Wild and Precious, through AFI's Directing Workshop for Women where it won The Adrienne Shelly and Nancy Mallone Awards and played at over twenty festivals nationwide.

Cusi sits on the board of the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers and is a member of New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet and Labyrinth Theater Company. She is the former Director of Outreach for the Lilly Awards Foundation, which honors notable women in theater and seeks to shine a light on issues surrounding female theater makers. She has taught at Fordham, Columbia University, and Primary Stages Einhorn School of the Performing Arts, where she was recently honored for her dedication to the school and its students. She is an Assistant Arts Professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Cusi is a graduate of Brown University and the Lila Acheson American Playwright’s Program at Juilliard.

Juliette Carrillo

JULIETTE CARRILLO (Director) is a nationally recognized theatre director, writer, and award-winning filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a Cornerstone ensemble member, Juliette has directed community collaborations including Los Faustinos by Bernardo Solano, As Vishnu Dreams by Shishir Kurup, Touch the Water by Julie Hébert, Lethe by Octavio Solis, It's All Bueno by Sigrid Gilmer and Bliss Point by Shishir Kurup. She also wrote Plumas Negras for the 10th Cornerstone Institute with the East Salinas, CA, community, and Ghost Town for Cornerstone’s last Institute with the Venice, CA, community. Outside of Cornerstone, some of her favorite collaborations have been directing the world premiere of Lydia, by Octavio Solis, the West Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner, Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz, the world premiere of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by José Rivera, and the West Coast premiere of Sam Shepard's Eyes for Consuela. She has directed for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Magic Theatre, Arizona Theater Company, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum. She has done numerous workshops in regional as well NYC theatres such as The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, INTAR and The Women’s Project. Juliette was an Artistic Associate at South Coast Repertory for seven years, where she directed and ran the Hispanic Playwright’s Project, collaborating with writers such as Nilo Cruz and Jose Rivera. She is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellowship and the Princess Grace Award. She was also chosen by Sundance Institute Theatre program to participate in the Sundance/Luma Foundation Theater Directors' Retreat in Arles, France.

Meghan E. Healey

Scenic Design

Nephelie Andonyadis

Costume Design

Geoff Korf

Lighting Design

Lynn Jeffires

Puppet Design

Emily Gardner Xu Hall

Composer & Lyricist

Edisa Weeks


Amanda Novoa

Stage Manager