Presented by La Jolla Playhouse since 2013, Without Walls Festival (WOW) is an annual multi-day, family-friendly event that bursts outside traditional theatre spaces, turning unexpected locations into an interactive stage. Discover innovative American and international artists, and experience a dizzying array of “bold and extreme” new works (Time). WOW is theatre at its most playful, immersive, surprising and fun.


Without Walls Festival 2023

The next WOW Festival, presented with the San Diego Symphony, will take place April 27-30, 2023 at The Rady Shell At Jacobs Park.

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La Jolla Playhouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Present a World Premiere WOW Event
Created by Optika Moderna/David Israel Reynoso

As part of its initial limited run, San Diego audiences will be able to preview the experience as part of the 2023 WOW Festival. After the festival, LA LUCHA will open to the public in May 2023.

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Photos from previous WOW productions

THE MYTH PROJECT: ALTAR (2015 WOW Festival)Photo by Daniel Norwood
FAETOPIA (2017 WOW Festival)
BOATS (2019 WOW Festival)
WRITTEN IN STONE (2019 WOW Festival)
PEREGRINUS (2019 WOW Festival)
THE BITTER GAME (2015 WOW Festival)
INCLUSION (2019 WOW Festival)
THE SPHERES (2015 WOW Festival)Photo by Daniel Norwood
MODEL HOME (2017 WOW Festival)
OJO (2015 WOW Festival)
FLOCK OF FLYERS (2015 WOW Festival)
IKAROS (2019 WOW Festival)
SEAFOAM SLEEPWALK (2013 WOW Festival)Photo by Jim Carmody


Past WOW Productions

Without Walls (WOW) Festival 2022

Performance Dates: April 21 – 24, 2022
Click here to visit the WOW 2022 website

Pop-Up WOW

Performance Dates: August 14 – 15, 2021
Click here to download POP-UP WOW program (PDF)

Digital WOW

The Playhouse presented a series of inventive, digital Without Walls (WOW) shows. From intimate, one-on-one experiences to collective events, these virtual WOW offerings brought world-class artists directly to you.

Towards Belonging
By Anjanette Maraya-Ramey/Maraya Performing Arts
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Spittin’ Truth to Power While Light Leaping for the People
By Alyce Smith Cooper and Shammy Dee
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You Are Here
By Marike Splint
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Walks of Life
By Blindspot Collective
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Society of Wonder
By Animal Cracker Conspiracy
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Listen With The Lights Off
By So Say We All
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The Totally Fake Latino News
By Culture Clash
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By Mike Sears and Lisa Berger
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JUNE 3 – 20, 2021
A Thousand Ways
Part Two: An Encounter

By 600 Highwaymen

JAN 21 – MARCH 7, 2021
A Thousand Ways
Part One: A Phone Call

By 600 Highwaymen

DEC 19 – JAN 28, 2020
By Oye Group

SEPT 8 – DEC 15, 2020
By David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna

JULY 16 – SEPT 27, 2020
The Wizards of Oakwood Drive
By Tom Salamon

JUNE 20, 2020
Show Me A Good Time
By Gob Squad

JUNE 30 – JULY 12, 2020
By Brian Lobel & Friends

Without Walls (WOW) Festival 2019

Performance Dates: October 17 – 20, 2019
Click here to visit the WOW 2019 website
Click here to download WOW 2019 program (PDF)
Click here to download WOW 2019 press kit (PDF)

What Happens Next

A Without Walls Production, in association with Cornerstone Theater Company
By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Michael John Garcés
April 19 – 29, 2018; Challenged Athletes Foundation

Without Walls (WOW) Festival 2017

Performance Dates: October 19 – 22, 2017
Click here to download WOW 2017 program (PDF)
Click here to download WOW 2017 press kit (PDF)

The Bitter Game

A Without Walls Production, in association with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Written and performed by Keith Wallace
Directed by Deborah Stein
October 4 – 9, 2016; Writerz Blok

Without Walls (WoW) Festival 2015

Performance Dates: October 9 – 11, 2015
Click here for WoW production credits

Healing Wars

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Liz Lerman
Director and choreographer Liz Lerman is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
Performance Dates: September 29 – October 25, 2015; Mandell Weiss Forum
Centerpiece of the 2015 Without Walls Festival (Oct 9-11)

The Grift at the Lafayette

Conceived, Written and Directed by Tom Salamon
Performance Dates: January 27 – March 22, 2015

El Henry

A Without Walls Production, in association with San Diego REPertory Theatre
By Herbert Siguenza
Adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Performance Dates: June 14 – June 29, 2014; SILO in Makers Quarter, 753 15th Street

Without Walls (WoW) Festival 2013

Performance Dates: October 3 – 6, 2013
Click here for WoW production credits

Accomplice: San Diego

A Without Walls Production
Written by Tom Salamon and Betsy Salamon-Sufott
Directed by Tom Salamon
Performance Dates: March 26 – July 7, 2013

Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir

A Without Walls Production
Written by Keith Bunin
Directed by Mark Rucker
Performance Dates: September 24 – October 10, 2012; Martini’s Above Fourth

The Car Plays: San Diego

A Without Walls Production
Conceived by Paul Stein
Performance Dates: February 23 – March 11, 2012; La Jolla Playhouse parking lot


A Without Walls Production
Written by David Leddy
Performance Dates: September 16 – October 23, 2011; San Diego Botanical Garden

Top banner photo credit: TALL TALES OF THE HIGH SEAS by Australia’s Strange Fruit, part of the 2019 WOW Festival

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