Without Walls

Without Walls (WOW) productions offer a dizzying array of interactive and site-inspired theatre. Full of diverse offerings, WOW shows have one thing in common – they are an invitation to reimagine what theatre can be through intriguing and playful experiences.

WOW performances take place outside the confines of a traditional theatre, whether in the backseat of a car, on a basketball court or completely virtually! Since its inception, Without Walls has become one of San Diego’s most popular and acclaimed performance series, delighting critics and audiences alike.

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La Jolla Playhouse is thrilled to return to ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station for the 2022 WOW Festival next April!

APRIL 21 – 24
at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

2022 WOW Festival

The 2022 Without Walls (WOW) Festival will feature four action-packed days of theatre, dance and music, with multiple performances by acclaimed local, national and international artists occurring simultaneously throughout the weekend. A complete roster of artists and projects will be announced soon!

La Jolla Playhouse Announces Dates and Location for 2022 WOW Festival


Digital WOW

Introducing a series of inventive, digital Without Walls (WOW) shows to enjoy at home! From intimate, one-on-one experiences to collective events, these brand new virtual WOW offerings bring world-class artists directly to you – fostering connection with each other and allowing art to flourish.


Towards Belonging

Anjanette Maraya-Ramey/Maraya Performing Arts

A powerful dance film with original spoken-word poetry and music.

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Spittin’ Truth to Power While Light Leaping for the People

Alyce Smith Cooper and Shammy Dee

An intergenerational piece using images, music and storytelling styles reminiscent of the griot.


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You Are Here

Marike Splint

A visual experience that invites the audience on a road trip around the world in Google Earth.


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Walks of Life

Blindspot Collective

A touching audio experience that imagines stories that might be unfolding in the homes around you as you walk through your neighborhood.


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The Society of Wonder

Animal Cracker Conspiracy

A whimsical series of videos that will transport audiences to a unique world that looks uncannily like our own.


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Listen With The Lights Off

So Say We All

A radio horrorshow in three installments, featuring multiple stories.


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The Totally Fake Latino News with Culture Clash

A series of 10-minute doses of levity, poetics and payasadas (clowning) from hilarious and irreverent Culture Clash.


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Mike Sears and Lisa Berger

A Playhouse-commissioned video installation that explores the relationship between repetition and meditation, the routine and the ancient.


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

Part Two: An Encounter
JUNE 3 – 20, 2021

A Thousand Ways

600 Highwaymen

A triptych of encounters between strangers.



Phase 1: Salons
DEC 19 – JAN 28, 2020


Oye Group

A site-specific play-within-a-tour of a city.


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SEPT 8 – DEC 15, 2020


David Israel Reynoso/
Optika Moderna

A one-of-a-kind experience that takes you through an online portal to experience an inventive, multi-sensory journey without ever leaving your living room.

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JULY 16 – SEPT 27, 2020

The Wizards of Oakwood Drive

Tom Salamon

A live performance for kids, telling the story of two sibling wizards in an all-out, winner-take-all magic spell contest.

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JUNE 20, 2020

Show Me A Good Time

Gob Squad

A 12-hour, live-streamed international event that features nine performers in multiple locations, all combining into one live video that speaks to this singular moment.

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JUNE 30 – JULY 12, 2020


Brian Lobel & Friends

A one-on-one performance that takes the solitary experience of binge-watching television shows and transforms it into an opportunity to figure out where we are and how to connect.


More projects to be announced soon!
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Photos from previous WOW productions


Past WOW Productions

Pop-Up WOW

Performance Dates: August 14 – 15, 2021
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Click here to download WOW 2019 program (PDF)

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
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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
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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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