Without Walls (WoW) Festival is an exhilarating weekend of immersive and site-based work designed to break barriers by moving beyond the boundaries of a traditional four-walled theatre space and the physical confines of the Playhouse's facilities.
The 2017 WoW Festival will take place October 19-22 in downtown San Diego and surrounding areas, in collaboration with several major partners, including Horton Plaza Park, Westfield Corporation; The New Children's Museum; The San Diego Public Library; Bread & Salt and Border X Brewing; as well as ArtPower. Also new to this year’s event is the appointment of Meiyin Wang as Festival Director.
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 Super Night Shot by the Berlin-based Gob Squad, to take place at the San Diego Public Library; and a Playhouse-commissioned, performative installation entitled Model Home, by 2017 Tony Award-winning scenic designer and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Mimi Lien (Playhouse's Milk Like Sugar), to take place at Horton Plaza Park. The WoW Festival will also feature projects by such local companies as Sledgehammer Theatre (2015 WoW Festival's Heaven on Earth) with a production of Charles Mee's Under Construction: An American Masque, produced in association with UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance, to take place at Logan Heights’ Bread & Salt; the storytelling group So Say We All, with the piece Incoming: Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen, to take place in Barrio Logan’s Border X Brewing; a new version of the 2015 WoW Festival's popular interactive family adventure, The Quest 3.0, developed in collaboration with The New Children's Museum, where the piece will take place; and Trisha Brown Dance Company's In Plain Site, presented by ArtPower at their UC San Diego space, in association with the WoW Festival.
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