CSULB’s University Players to Present Lemon Boots November 16

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Lemon Boots University Players present Lemon Boots, a new devised work, November 16th – December 1st in the Studio Theatre on the campus of California State University Long Beach. Directed by Ezra LeBank and devised by a team of student performers and designers, Lemon Boots plunges the audience into a desolate, drought-stricken dystopia where lives are made and broken on the promise of a drink.

In a post-apocalyptic world with no water, a girl named Lemon is thrown off course and must go on a journey to rediscover herself and her place in the desolate environment.  With this simple narrative as their starting point, LeBank and his team have devised a series of thirteen “moments” which incorporate different elements of live performance: movement, lighting, costumes, images, and interactions among actors and between performers and audience.  The audience members themselves will take part in the story actively, following the performers on foot as they move around the theater.

Director Ezra LeBank explains that the creation process for Lemon Boots began last spring in a course on devised work.  In casting the piece, LeBank sought out students eager to “play together and wonder together” about questions of identity, including “if whatever it is that your identity was based on was taken from you, who would you be?”  The collaborators break away from long-held assumptions of identity to uncover new definitions of self.

Ezra LeBank is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts/Head of Movement at California State University, Long Beach, and the Artistic Director of Curbside. He has taught at The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Vassar College/Powerhouse Theatre, and The University of Montana, as well as with Piobolus Dance Theatre, Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwright’s Inc., and yoga and acrobatics studios around the world. He is the editor for the Association of Theatre Movement Educator’s national periodical ATME News, a member of the Advisory Board for Routledge’s Digital Performance Archive, and a Certified Level II AcroYoga Teacher with AcroYoga Montreal. He is the Co-Creator and Project Leader of the Los Angeles-wide art party ARTmageddon, that swept the news across the country during Carmageddon II. He has performed in theatre, film, dance, physical theatre, and opera around the world to critical acclaim including work with LaMaMa E.T.C., Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, The Talking Band, and Montana Repertory Theatre. As Artistic Director of Curbside, his original work includes: {Extinguish.}, Fresh Air, Roe V. Wade: The Abortion Debate, Making Epsom Salt Dissolve, The History of a Hand, and PITCH. At the 2010 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, {Extinguish.} was named the “#2 Next Big Thing” by The List, and his newest underground play PITCH will have its New York premiere in the near future.

Lemon Boots opens Friday, Friday November 16th, and runs for 8 performances, closing on Saturday, December 1st.  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday, December 1st. There are no performances the week of Tuesday, November 20th through Saturday November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday. This production is in the Studio Theatre on the CSULB South Campus, accessible via West Campus Drive. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students (with valid ID). For tickets and information, please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.csulb.edu/depts/theatre.

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