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"Healing Wars" by Liz Lerman at George Washington University in 2014. Pictured: Bill Pullman and Tamara Hurwitz Pullman. (Photo by Teresa Wood)

La Jolla Playhouse Slates Ambitious Lineup for Site-Specific WoW Festival

The October fest draws national companies to create work that will sprawl through various locations in the UC San Diego area.

LA JOLLA, CALIF.: La Jolla Playhouse has announced the projects and collaborators for its second site-specific Without Walls (WoW) Festival, which will take place Oct. 9–11. The 2015 WoW Festival will feature more than 20 events scheduled in and around the UC San Diego and La Jolla Playhouse theatre district.

“Our inaugural Without Walls Festival in 2013 exceeded our wildest expectations, demonstrating that San Diego audiences continue to have a voracious appetite for one-of-a-kind experiences that transform our customary idea of theatre,” said artistic director Christopher Ashley in a statement.

The festival begins with the West Coast premiere of Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars (Sept. 29–Oct. 25), an exploration of how soldiers and healers cope with the physical and psychological wounds of war. Healing Wars is the first WoW production to be part of the La Jolla Playhouse’s subscription series. Lerman will choreograph and direct.

The rest of the festival includes:

  • The world premiere of new installments in Moving Arts‘s The Car Plays: Interchange, like its predecessor a series of intimate 10-minute plays with a common storyline, presented in a line of five cars.
  • The West Coast premiere of Bricolage Production Company‘s OjO: The Next Generation of Travel, a 75-minute adventure which will take audience members around the streets of the WoW Festival.                                     
  • The West Coast premiere of CORPUS‘s A Flock of Flyers, conceived and choreographed by Sylvie Bouchard and David Danzon, about five flyers of the 217th Canadian Flying Squadron who have lost their planes due to budget cuts.
  • The world premiere of Hannah Ryan and Melissa Gordon’s Every Path, a site-specific production about a woman’s journey through adulthood that will take place in La Jolla’s gardens.
  • Seven Butterflies, a micro-concert performed by cellist Jennifer Bewerse. The concert includes a simultaneous performance during which a monarch butterfly will be released into the air.
  • UC San Diego Projects’s Clouds in My Room, by Patricia Rincon and Drift Company, a solo dance-theatre piece about a woman playing an accordion all by her lonesome.
  • The world premiere of David Jacobi’s A Completely Factual Tour, an audioplay bringing together absurdist theatre and choreography.
  • The world premiere of  Bennett Fisher and People of Interest’s Romulus Kilgore’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar, about a man selling happiness at competitive prices.
  • The world premiere of Ion Theatre‘s Refuse the Golden Door.
  • A production of George Brant’s Grounded, produced by Ubuntu Theatre Project in association with San Diego REPertory Theatre.
  • The world premiere of San Diego Dance Theater‘s Dances with Walls directed by Jean Isaacs.
  •  The world premiere adaptation of City Opera‘s Queen of Carthage, directed by Cynthia Stokes.
  • A world premiere adaptation, THE TRIP‘s Three Sisters.
  • The Fern Street Circus‘s The Adventures of Heartman.
  • Animal Cracker Conspiracy‘s Gnomesense! A Happening in the Garden.
  • The West Coast premiere of Greg Wohead’s Hurtling and The Backseat of My Car (And Other Safe Places), presented by ArtPower.
  • The world premiere of In Case of Emergency, presented by Chalk Repertory.













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