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The Columbia Memorial Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Through world-class programs and engaging exhibits, the Space Center strives to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers.

Defying Gravity

The Downey Arts Coalition, in partnership with the City of Downey is proud to announce the return of  Defying Gravity, a play by Jane Anderson, performed at the amphitheater of the Columbia Memorial Space Center. This powerful portrayal of the lives affected by the Challenger Space Shuttle is produced by the Downey Arts Coalition as part of the CMSC’s City of STEM events in the month of April.

Performances: April 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6, 12, 13, 14. 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM (90 minutes)

Tickets: $20, $15 for Students and Members of CMSC (To purchase tickets Click Here)

Dramatic, comic, and deeply moving… Defying Gravity is an impressionistic collage that explores the emotional core of the 1986 Challenger Shuttle disaster. At the center is the teacher selected as the first civilian in space. Past, present, and future lives weave together, drawing parallels with art, religion, relationships and science. Artist Claude Monet takes the audience and play’s characters on a quest of the perspectives, aspirations, guilt and fear that stimulates our fascination with space. Our upwardly aspiring nature cannot be checked by one single tragedy.

Reviews of the play from its off-broadway debut:

Flies high in its attempt to describe man’s fascination with space and its conquest…. You will certainly not be bored. ” – New York Post

[A] clever and uplifting fantasy … [with] ear catching musings about art, religion and the outer limits of human possibility.” – New York Times

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New Admission Rates and Birthday Plans! 

Downey, CA, August 26, 2016: The Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) is proud to announce discounted rates for teachers, veterans, and seniors.  Regular admission fees are $5 per person.  With valid identification, teachers, veterans, and seniors will be charged a rate of $3.  The rates will be in effect starting Saturday, September 10th.  In addition, the CMSC will now be offering several new birthday party reservation packages.  The packages will include usage of our theater and community rooms.  Make sure to visit the CMSC website to see which package works best for your next birthday – Solar, Comet, Nova, or Galaxy!

For more information about The Columbia Memorial Space Center, please call (562) 231-1200 or visit  The Colombia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, in Downey.

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