La Jolla Playhouse Will Give You Theater ‘Without Walls’

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San Diego’s biggest biennial theater festival returns this October!

La Jolla Playhouse’s 2015 Without Walls (WoW) Festival, running Oct. 9–11, will join together local, national, and international performance artists for a one-of-a-kind weekend geared toward challenging traditional conventions of theater. Audiences will have a chance to take in a series of immersive, site-specific productions at locations throughout San Diego—many of them free.

“Across the theatre landscape, the relationship between the audience and the art is changing, and immersive theatre is taking place out in the world, playing with boundaries and experimenting with form,” said artistic director Christopher Ashley, in a statement. “The audience is right in the middle of the action, creating a singular event that truly engages and surprises. The Playhouse continues to stand at the leading edge of this burgeoning trend with our Without Walls program, and this year’s Festival welcomes even more collaborators to the table, with projects by some of our favorite local companies, as well as national and international artists, creating a spectacular three-day, community-wide celebration of immersive and site-inspired work.”

The roster for this year’s festival includes work from choreographer Liz Lerman, Ion Theatre, City Opera, Moving Arts, and projects from members of UC San Diego’s department of theater and dance. Family-friendly programming will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, with hands-on activities from the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, and the Timken Museum.

Since 2009, WoW has underscored La Jolla Playhouse’s mission to enable “unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow” outside the confines of the theater’s facilities. Tickets for all festival events will go on sale in August at, so keep your eyes peeled, Californians!

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