the air we breatheLONG BEACH — “What’s that smell?”

For Long Beach residents living in the Westside, Cambodia Town, and Downtown area, this seems to be a common question.

Great Leap will perform “The Air We Breathe,” a collection of skits based on the experiences of community members, at the Manazar Gamboa Community Theater, 1323 Gundry Ave., Long Beach, on Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 1, at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m.

Written and performed by Ariel Joshua Domingo, Erin Foley, June Kaewsith, Khiev Khamsan, Sambo Sak, Sophie Oun Sam, Buoy Taing, Or Try, Taylor Thomas and guests. Directed by Dan Kwong, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Young-ae Park.

Free admission. The show is approximately 45 minutes without an intermission. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Audience members will become engaged with the resources available to help combat air pollution.

Seating is first come, first served. To RSVP or for more information, email

This project is made possible by National Endowment for the Arts, California Endowment and Cecilia Nakamura Fund, Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, EndOil, Catalyst Network of Communities, Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma, United Cambodian Community of Long Beach, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Homeland Cultural Center, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and Long Beach Friends Church.

EndOil invited Great Leap to Long Beach to create a performance about how living in this port city affects residents’ health and well-being. “The Air We Breathe” was created through Great Leap’s collaboratory workshop process. Great Leap is a Los Angeles-based, multicultural arts organization that uses art as both performance and creative practice to deepen relations among people of diverse cultures and faiths and to transform who we live on the earth.

EndOil reduces oil dependency and promotes energy alternatives by changing public policy and behavior in order to create a more healthful environment and combat climate change.

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