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20 Site-Specific Theatre Performances

Without Walls Festival

October 3-6, 2013

Playhouse Theatre District

La Jolla Playhouse’s inaugural Without Walls Festival (October 2013) was a four-day explosion of ground-breaking immersive and site-specific theatre, music, art and community. The Festival was a collaborative effort among La Jolla Playhouse, the University of California San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and The New Children’s Museum. Together the Festival partners presented over 100 local, national and international artists in more than 20 art experiences in and around La Jolla Playhouse’s theatre district.

The WoW Festival drew more than 9,000 attendees in its first year and turned the national spotlight on San Diego’s role for its role in bringing immersive theatre to audiences in experiences TIME Magazine called “Fresh, fun, totally absorbing.” As the first of what will be a biennial event, the WoW Festival is a perfect fit for San Diego — an innovative, outdoor artistic event for a burgeoning arts city.

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A Without Walls Presentation

Part Game. Part Theatre. All Taking Place on the City Streets.


EXTENDED: March 26 - July 7, 2013

Written by Tom Salamon and Betsy Salamon-Sufott
Directed by Tom Salamon

ACCOMPLICE: SAN DIEGO offers a completely unique theatrical experience, unlike any found on any stage, taking its audience on an adventure through the city streets. You’ll be sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members strewn throughout various locations such as street corners, bars and out-of-the-way spots. Groups of 10 piece together the clues of a meticulously crafted criminal plot and rely on their own street smarts to make it to the end.

Who’s in on it? Who’s not? With San Diego’s hip and historic Little Italy district as its stage, ACCOMPLICE is an experience you won't soon forget.

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Sam Bendrix

Luke Macfarlane in

Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir

September 24 - October 10, 2012

By Keith Bunin
Directed by Mark Rucker
A Without Walls Presentation

Luke Macfarlane (ABC's Brothers and Sisters) transforms Martinis Above Fourth in Hillcrest into a Greenwich Village nightclub in 1958 - a decade before the Stonewall riots. The drinks and music flow as a young singer and his band take the stage for their last performance before leaving New York City for good. Macfarlane and his band showcase a musical score of American song classics that you won't want to miss.

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Moving Arts'

The Car Plays: San Diego

February 23 – March 11, 2012

Conceived By Paul Stein
A Without Walls Presentation

Moving Arts’ The Car Plays: San Diego, offers a series of intimate ten- minute plays, each taking place in a car, where audiences of two move from vehicle to vehicle to experience works by different playwrights. After being ushered to their seats, the car doors close and participants watch the drama, or comedy, unfold just inches away. Ten minutes later, the doors open, a seat in a new car awaits, and a fresh story begins.. In the course of an hour, five evocative stories are revealed. The Los Angeles Times raved, “The Car Plays combines the pleasures ofsite-specific theater and voyeurism — one of the better arguments forcarpooling since the high-occupancy lane. (Critic’s Choice).”

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September 16 - October 23, 2011

By David Leddy
A Without Walls Presentation
Performances at the San Diego Botanical Garden

Susurrus is a fascinating, site-specific piece by internationally-renowned artist David Leddy that will launch the Playhouse’s innovative Without Walls program. Audiences listen to on iPods while following a mapped route through the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden. Part radio play, part avant-garde sonic art and part stroll in the park.

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