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WoW Festival 2017


La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to announce the dates and selected projects and collaborators for its third Without Walls (WoW) Festival of immersive and site-based work. The 2017 WoW Festival will take place October 19 – 22 in downtown San Diego and surrounding areas, in collaboration with several major partners, including the San Diego Public Library, Horton Plaza Park, Westfield Corporation, Bread & Salt, Border X Brewing, ArtPower and The New Children’s Museum. Also new to this year’s event is the appointment of Meiyin Wang as Festival Director.

“Building on the success of our previous Without Walls Festivals, our 2017 outing will showcase works that redefine our conception of theatre, as well as the customary relationship between audience and art. In a new twist, we’re bringing this year’s Festival to downtown San Diego and environs, giving the Playhouse an opportunity to expand our reach, develop new community partnerships and offer audiences even more innovative sites and experiences,” said La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “We are also extremely pleased to bring on board Meiyin Wang to oversee this year’s Festival. Her extensive curatorial and producing background will help us take the WoW Festival to new heights.”

Gob Squad - Super Night Shot

Like previous WoW Festivals, the 2017 event will showcase multiple performances by acclaimed local, national and international artists, as well as a selection of family-friendly offerings, occurring simultaneously throughout the weekend. Confirmed projects include:

  • SuperNight Shot by the Berlin/Nottingham-based Gob Squad, to take place at the San Diego Public Library
  • Model Home, by 2017 Tony Award-winning scenic designer and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Mimi Lien (Playhouse’s Milk Like Sugar), a performative installation to take place at Horton Plaza Park
  • Popular interactive family fun: The Quest 3.0, developed in collaboration with The New Children’s Museum, where the piece will take place
  • Under Construction: An American Masque by Sledgehammer Theatre (2015 Wow Festival’s Heaven on Earth) produced in association with UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance, to take place at Logan Heights’ Bread & Salt
  • Incoming: Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen by the storytelling group So Say We All, to take place in Barrio Logan’s Border X Brewing
  • In Plain Site by the Trisha Brown Dance Company, presented by ArtPower

Additional projects, along with performance times, locations and ticket information, will be announced at a later date. Tickets for WoW Festival productions, ranging from free to $29, will go on sale this summer.

» Wow Festival Projects and Artists/Companies

» Wow Festival Partners/Venues

Model Home Conceptual Sketch - Mimi Lien

Since its inception in 2009, the Playhouse’s signature Without Walls series has become one of San Diego’s most popular and acclaimed performance programs. Over the last eight years, the Playhouse has been commissioning and presenting a series of immersive and site-specific productions at locations throughout the San Diego community. Click here to read more about past WoW productions.

The 2017 Without Walls Festival is supported in part by The James Irvine Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, as well as a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.