Defying Gravity featured on KPCC 89.3

Downey’s space history had the privilege of being featured this morning on our local NPR radio station, KPCC 89.3.  The play Defying Gravity, which opens tonight at the Columbia Memorial Space Center provides a frame story for how Downey’s space programs shaped the city in both its heyday as well as the loss of the Rockwell plant in 1999.  Science reporter Sanden Totten interviewed Mayor Mario Guerra, Coucilman Roger Brossmer, directors Andrew Wahlquist and Lana Joy, as well as visited a rehearsal of the play.

Click here to read the story.

There is also a full photo gallery of the space center, and one of the play’s rehearsals.

To read more about the play, click here.  To purchase tickets online, visit

The Downey Patriot also covered the play in a feature story, click here to read.



By Downey Arts Coalition

Downey Arts Coalition is a movement of several people, however this website is currently managed and updated by Andrew J Wahlquist.

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