Lunch Lady Courage

Date: March 28, 2013

Written by Peter Howard | Directed by Chris Anthony

High school is a hustle. At least it is in Lunch Lady Courage, Cornerstone’s third play in The Hunger Cycle. When Ana, aka Lunch Lady Courage, arrives at an urban campus with her food cart of healthy 'Grab n Go' meals, she doesn’t expect to find a shadow economy. Donuts and candy sales raise funds for student clubs, an enterprising student peddles homemade tortas from his backpack, and a teacher sells Hot Cheetos to pay for classroom necessities. California spends nearly seven times more on its prison inmates than its K-12 students, and childhood obesity numbers are skyrocketing – so what’s a lunch lady to do? Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children and the people working and learning in Los Angeles schools, Lunch Lady Courage explores what happens when one cafeteria worker battles for the future and health of her own children, and the hundreds she serves every day.

The Hunger Cycle is a series of nine world premiere plays exploring hunger, justice, and food equity issues, spanning six years. Community partners for The Hunger Cycle include: Community Services Unlimited, Homegirl Café, Homeboy Industries, Hunger Action Los Angeles, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Rootdown LA, Solano Canyon Community Garden, South Central Farmers and Urban Environmental Policy Institute – Occidental College.

Previews are an opportunity for audiences to see a production before it officially opens, and are a time of discovery when audiences’ feedback can help shape the final production. A preview performance is a full performance of the show in costume, from beginning to end.

Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 pm


March 28, 2013 – April 13, 2013

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Student Performances

Wednesdays – March 20, April 3 and April 10 at 4:30 p.m.

For student group tickets, contact [email protected]

Robert F Kennedy Community Schools' Cocoanut Grove Theatre 
701 S. Catalina Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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