By David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna
What hope remains when one sends a message into the ether with no guarantee of a response? Much like the notion of sending a message in a bottle, Portaleza (derived from the words “portal” and “fortaleza”, meaning strength/fortress) is a digital WOW experience created by David Israel Reynoso of Optika Moderna. The experience explores ideas of connection through desperate means of correspondence. After booking a visit with Optika Moderna’s strange opticians, audience members will be mailed a mysterious package, which is to remain sealed until their appointed time. When the moment arrives, guests will discover that the humble contents of this parcel hold the key to unlocking a reality beyond their realm of imagination; a customized experience in response to what they do next.
David Israel Reynoso is a scenic/costume designer and the creator, with Optika Moderna, of La Jolla Playhouse’s acclaimed Without Walls (WOW) Festival productions of Las Quinceañeras (2019) and Waking La Llorona (2017)…(click “Full Creator Bio” below to read more)
…Other Playhouse designs include: Queens, At the Old Place, Tiger Style!, Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project and Kingdom City. He is also recognized locally for his designs of The Old Globe’s Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Wanderers, tokyo fish story, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful and Time and the Conways, among others. The Obie Award–winning costume designer of Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai), Mr. Reynoso’s other selected work includes: Hamlet at ACT and Futurity, Cabaret, The Snow Queen, Alice vs. Wonderland at ART. He is the recipient of the Creative Catalyst Grant of The San Diego Foundation, an Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. More at www.davidreynoso.com.
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