Elements, CSULB’s Acrobatic Physical Theatre Performance, Ends Nov 19

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Elements, written and directed by Ezra LeBank and Rebecca Nakano. Production Photos by Keith Ian Polakoff

Elements, written and directed by Ezra LeBank and Rebecca Nakano. Production Photos by Keith Ian Polakoff

California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Theatre Arts Department presents the world premiere of Elements, written and directed by Ezra LeBank and Rebecca Nakano. This original show, playing through November 19 at the University Theatre, tells a powerful story of humans and nature colliding through breathtaking, acrobatic physical theatre.

Elements brings earth, water, fire, and air to life through ensemble movement and acrobatics in this new play. Set against the backdrop of our modern world, Earth’s elements conspire to wake-up two strangers. Sally and Avi are stuck in their cardboard-cutout lives, until one the elements shake them from their daily haze, and bring them together. 

“Elements is a adrenaline rush and a call to wake up to the natural world around us that so many have almost entirely forgotten,” says writer/director Ezra LeBank.

Elements is LeBank’s second original production at CSULB. Lemon Boots premiered at CSULB Theatre Arts in 2012 before a successful run at Hollywood Fringe where The LAist described it as, “Spectacular! Think Pilobolus or a low-tech Cirque du Soleil.”

Ezra LeBank, writer/director, is the Head of Movement for Theatre Arts at CSULB and founding artistic director of the physical theatre company Curbside. His acrobatic play Flight received international recognition at the Edinburgh International Fringe and New York Fringe where it was acclaimed as, “Ingenious” by the New York Times. Flight returned to New York in September 2016 for a limited engagement Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre following its sell-out run and critical success.

Elements continues through Saturday, November 19 with performances at 8pm in the University Theatre on the southeast corner of the CSULB campus, accessible via East Campus Drive. There are two matinee performances at 2pm on Sunday November 13 and Saturday November 19. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for seniors, students, and CSULB faculty and staff (with valid ID). Parking is available for $7 in CSULB Parking Lot 7, next to the theatre. For tickets and information, please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.calrep.org

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