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Acrobatic Show Takes “Flight”

Published: October 3, 2016

“Flight,” an acrobatic theatre performance, was created in Long Beach last year with an all-CSULB cast and crew. Now, after its Off-Broadway premiere, “Flight” is back at the beach for an extended run, Oct. 8-23. The performance location is site specific near campus in the Traffic Circle area, and due to strict space limitations only ticket holders are given the exact address.

Created by Long Beach-based physical theatre company Curbside, “Flight” (The Little Prince Returns) has had critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh and New York International Fringe Festivals, as well as an Off-Broadway run in New York at the legendary Barrow Street Theatre, where it was touted as one of the summer’s best shows in the Encore Series. It was also nominated for best show and best family show at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.

Written and directed by Ezra LeBank, associate professor and head of movement in Theatre Arts at CSULB and artistic director of Curbside, and developed with Olivia Treviño, “Flight” springs to life through storytelling, physical theatre and acrobatics to create a whimsical world inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story The Little Prince.

“Flight” is a sequel to “The Little Prince” with an acrobatic twist. LeBank describes it as, “A timeless story about learning to see with the heart, and finding the courage to fly.” In “Flight,” characters fly in more ways than one, using “astonishing acrobatics” (Broadway Baby) as the pilot in the story learns to fly again.

Using physical invention, the three acrobat-performers harness the capacity of the human body to bring the story to life and invite audience members of all ages (5+) to remember and discover the magical world of their imaginations.

Curbside’s physical approach to storytelling enriches language with enchanting shapes, momentum and magic, and is brought to life by LeBank; Taylor Casas, a 2016 CSULB graduate; and Cynthia Price, a senior theater arts major, as the Little Prince. CSULB senior Katherine Speer rounds out the company as the stage manager and board operator, making “Flight” an evening of “pure enchantment” (NiteLife Exchange) that is 100 percent Long Beach.

For additional information, contact Curbside or visit www.FlightThePlay.com. For tickets, click here.

–Shayne Schroeder