STREB:FORCES - A Live Action Adventure for the Whole Family; May 16-June 22, SLAM, 51 N. 1st St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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“Streb’s audacious two-part show doesn’t so much push the boundaries of strength and endurance as it removes them.” NY Times

Back home after an acclaimed tour, STREB, New York’s Own Action Heroes, spring into action with the spring edition of Forces at SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), their Williamsburg playground. Elizabeth Streb and her Extreme Action Company have teamed with theater luminaries to give Action a voice and story in Forces. It’s the theater of flight and impact, physics and courage, powered by pure adrenaline. Forces is co-directed by Robert Woodruff (Dog Days, ART), with music by longtime Streb collaborator, David Van Tieghem. It features a book by Jim Lewis (Fela!) and projection design by Wendell Harrington (Grey Gardens) and Erik Pearson.

Gia Kourlas said in the NY Times: “…The show is a rush, as much for its daredevilry as for the way the cast members work together.”

The non-stop action includes Fly, in which a dancer is harnessed into a giant spinning claw that has a hefty counterweight at its opposite end. The company helps the dancer in the claw gain velocity while attempting not to get clocked by either end of it in the process. In Slice, a steel beam descends from the ceiling like an elegant shark; it spins at greater speeds while the dancers perform any number of remarkable moves with it and avoid its deadly, fleeting embrace. Turn features a spinning floor with which the dancers negotiate winning combinations and attempt not to get hurled into space. In Bound, the dancers don harnesses and navigate a wall with such grace that we wonder who’s vertical here, the dancers or the audience? The grand finale contains the Whizzing Gizmo, a gorgeous hunk of metal like a huge hamster wheel, 12 feet in diameter and weighing 3500 pounds. STREB raises the stakes for the performers with this constantly spinning, specially-created funhouse ride. No seat belts allowed. Forces! is an onstage Action Adventure for the whole family.

Born To Fly, Catherine Gund’s documentary about STREB EXTREME ACTION opens at NY’s Film Forum on September 10th. Here is a sneak peek:

Forces-- May 16th —June 22nd at SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics) 51 North 1st St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets: or call 866-811-4111 Performances: Fridays at 8pm Saturdays at 3 & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets: $40. Tickets: or call 866-811-4111 Running time: 90 minutes, 1 intermission.

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