By David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna
September 8 – October 31

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About the Project

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 experience that explores ideas of connection through desperate means of correspondence. Audience members will be mailed a mysterious package. Make sure to follow the guide. When the moment arrives, you will discover that the humble contents of this parcel hold the key to unlocking a visual reality beyond your realm of imagination.

Sponsored by Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors

“Latest Digital WOW from La Jolla Playhouse inspires wonder, delight”
“Engages you with its humble yet inspired artistry and its rapturous innovation.”
» Read more at KPBS

“A gorgeous and avant-garde psychedelic experience… The perfect fit for those looking for something to ease the transition into ‘spooky season’… Magical, mystical, moving…”
» Read more at BroadwayWorld

“You’re in for a touching, unforgettable experience”
» Read more at San Diego Magazine

“…Portaleza is spectacular. It’s a wildly innovative use of the at-home space.”
» Read more at No Proscenium

» David Israel Reynoso on Inside Art with Dave Drexler (Jazz88)
» David Israel Reynoso speaks with KPBS
» Sheltering at Home with… David Israel Reynoso (San Diego Magazine)
» La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls series (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

David ReynosoDavid 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). 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.

Meet the Cast

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Kelly BartnikKelly Bartnik
LaMia DingleLaMia Dingle
Careena MeliaCareena Melia

Robert NajarianRobert Najarian
Patrick OtsukiPatrick Otsuki
Jennifer Paredes Jennifer Paredes

Nicholas Ponting Nicholas Ponting
Fatima WardackFatima Wardak



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