Magical Realism Meets Time Travel When Cloud Tectonics Opens at the Long Beach Playhouse

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In Cloud Tectonics, the latest production by the Long Beach Playhouse, a hitchhiking pregnant woman and two brothers explore relationships where time is not linear and anything is possible.

The story begins on a rainy night in Los Angeles as a plain Joe named Anibal De la Luna picks up and brings home a poor, bedraggled hitchhiker named Celestina del Sol. Celestina is fifty-four years old and has been pregnant for two years. Alone in his little house, sealed off from the wails of the city outside, De la Luna (the moon) and del Sol (the sun) come together, joining their bodies and their dreams.

Celestina del Sol is brought to life by Leah Alejandra Steiner. Ms. Steiner’s performance conveys the essence of Celestina, a rare and heavenly creature, a mystic wanderer with no sense of time and an infinite capacity to love.

UCSB graduate, David Santana, appears as Anibal’s brother Nelson. Santana delivers a compelling performance as a man who is quickly attracted to the elusive Celestina.

Cloud Tectonics is expertly directed by Olivia Trevino, a 2009 graduate of CSULB’s theater arts program. Ms. Trevino was the first student to graduate with the then newly created emphasis in directing. She brings passion to her direction and is dedicated to helping actors find and communicate the truth – both apparent and hidden – of their characters.

Donna Fritsche, the Playhouse’s award-winning costume designer, showcases her skills in this production with the magical and far-too-pregnant Celestina and the working class De la Luna brothers.

The public is invited to purchase tickets for the opening night reception and gala where they may mix and mingle with the cast. The show will continue on Friday nights (8 p.m.), Saturday nights (8 p.m.) and Sunday matinees, (2 p.m.) through Saturday, June 16, 2012.


  • Pay what you can Thursday June 7 – community can see this production for whatever they can afford
  • Two for One Preview Friday June 8 – Tickets are $12.00
  • Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on June 9 – Tickets are $27.00

Adults are $24.00, seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.

Tickets are available at, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 562-494-1014.

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