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Touch the Water

A River Play

Directed by

May 28 – June 21, 2009
Wednesdays – Sundays @ 8pm

2800 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles 90039

Rio de Los Angeles State Park – Bowtie Parcel

Touch the water. Come to the river this spring and let the magical waters of Los Angeles wash over you.

Part of Cornerstone’s ongoing Justice Cycle, a four-year series of plays exploring how laws shape and disrupt communities,
Touch the Water takes on environmental justice as seen through the lens of the LA River and the people who live, work and play there.

Under the City of Angels runs a fierce river flowing from the mountains to the ocean. But do you know it’s there? Once an unpredictable and mighty stream, a bountiful life source subject to raging floods, the Los Angeles River has lived under a shroud of concrete for the past fifty years. Today, having been tamed and transformed into an industrial flood channel, the river is at the center of much debate. What happens when we change Nature? Should we free the river from her concrete corset and let Angelenos finally touch the water?

This play was created in collaboration with local river residents, engineers, biologists, environmentalists, activists, advocates and patrons who walk, fish, bike and ride horses on the Los Angeles River.

Community partners for this project include:
Metabolic Studio/Farmlab
Friends of the Los Angeles River
South Asian Network

Click here for more information and to find out about Pre-Show River Walks and Talks. For more information on the LA River, go to the KCET website at