La Jolla Playhouse and the
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego present

LA LUCHA

Created by Optika Moderna/David Israel Reynoso
Spring 2023 | MCASD Downtown Jacobs Building,
1100 Kettner Blvd

La Jolla Playhouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego present
A World Premiere WOW Event

LA LUCHA

Created by Optika Moderna/David Israel Reynoso

Spring 2023 | MCASD Downtown Jacobs Building, 1100 Kettner Blvd

Inspired by Lucha Libre where professional Mexican wrestlers use masks and high-flying maneuvers to astonish and captivate audiences – La Lucha transports visitors to a realm of ringside thrills and backstage secrets.

Optika Moderna’s signature style is back for you to be “guided by unseen hands into a new and unexpected three-dimensional world of discovery” (San Diego Union-Tribune). 

As you move through mysterious portals, newfound heroes confront their greatest adversaries. You may find yourself in the middle of the action or at the side of the ring, cheering the death-defying match – either way, you won’t want to miss the unforgettable world of La Lucha

This world premiere immersive theatrical experience is created by Obie Award-winning designer David I. Reynoso (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More). “Over the past three years, [Reynoso] has written, designed and directed three immersive theatrical experiences. The first two, Waking La Llorona and Las Quinceañeras, were sold-out smashes at the box office.” San Diego Union-Tribune

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David Israel Reynoso - photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune
David Israel Reynoso - photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune

David Israel Reynoso is an internationally renowned, scenic, costume, and exhibit designer, as well as the Obie Award–winning costume designer of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (Boston, New York and Shanghai) and The Burnt City (London) His celebrated theatrical designs have been featured at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, The Finnish National Ballet, American Conservatory Theater, Portland Center Stage, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Repertory Theater, Signature Theatre among many others. He is the founder of OPTIKA MODERNA and the creator of Teatro Piñata (2021), Portaleza (2020), Las Quinceañeras (2019) and Waking La Llorona (2017), all of which were part of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) series. Reynoso’s scope of work extends beyond theater/film to include designs for globally recognized theme parks and organizations such as: Meow Wolf, and Museum of Us, and The New Children’s Museum. A Playhouse Trustee, Reynoso is the recipient of the Creative Catalyst Grant of The San Diego Foundation, an Elliot Norton Award, and has been nominated for Craig Noel, Helene Hayes, IRNE and BroadwayWorld Awards.  www.davidreynoso.com.

La Jolla Playhouse’s “revered” Without Walls Festival (NoProscenium) teams up with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Optika Moderna to invite you to peer through the eyes of another.  

In this new immersive experience, participants are “guided by unseen hands into a new and unexpected three-dimensional world of discovery” (San Diego Union-Tribune), wearing prescribed ocular devices created by Optika’s mysterious opticians. 

As you move through unexpected portals, where newfound heroes courageously confront their greatest adversaries, you will come face to face with masked luchadores – a masked wrestler – who determine your fate. You may find yourself in the middle of high-flying maneuvers or at the side of the ring, cheering the death-defying match – either way, you won’t want to miss the unforgettable world of La Lucha

 “Over the past three years, [Reynoso] has written, designed and directed three immersive theatrical experiences through his company, Optika Moderna. The first two, Waking La Llorona and Las Quinceañeras, were sold-out smashes at the box office.”
San Diego Union-Tribune 

La Lucha is coming to San Diego in April 2023. This experience will take place at MCASD Downtown. 

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$20

Performances

SAT: 10:00 am, 11:50 am, 1:40 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:20 pm
SUN: 10:00 am, 11:50 am, 1:40 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:20 pm

Approx. Run Time

Run-time may vary – max 90 minutes

Location

Chapel Lawn
2881 Roosevelt Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

South Promenade

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – MAP

Outdoors

Patron Notes

Recommended for ages 12+. Interactive show. Audience members will be guided around performance space. Waiver is required. Audience members wear headphones. This is a ticketless event. Use your printed email confirmation for entry.