The sun is shining and it’s the perfect time to get out and see some theatre! The La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival returns April 21-24 to the Arts District at Liberty Station. WOW Festival Producer Amy Ashton talks about the festival, what to expect from this year’s shows and what she hopes will inspire people for the future.
Amy Ashton is the producer for this year’s WOW festival, which means she’s the best person to describe what this festival featured from local, national and international artists.
“The WOW Festival is an exciting and surprising weekend where we step outside the confines of our theaters and showcase ‘outside the box’ performances. This year’s 24 experiences include theatre, dance, music and more. There should be something for everyone, whether you’re booking ahead to create an itinerary for the weekend, or just want to settle in at the Hub and enjoy a full day of public art. free.”
One of the best parts about this festival is that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been to a WOW festival before or not, there’s always something fun and new to experience. A sense of adventure is always appreciated and will help you get the most out of the festival.
“Expect the unexpected! We’ve got everything from life-size puppets to interact with, environmental dances set in a garden, intimate performances you can only experience with a handful of people, and a show where the ‘actor is contained in a 3’x3’ The audience should bring their sense of wonder and adventure, the more open you are to explore, the more you will benefit from the festival.
This is the first in-person WOW festival post-pandemic, which Ashton said was a challenge for the festival, and all participating artists were more than happy to tackle bringing these works to the public while s ensuring everyone feels safe.
“It’s certainly been a challenge in new ways, as most companies have been idle or focused on how to do work remotely or digitally. But there was so much joy and relief in picking up the conversations on what we can do together for in person So there are a lot of pieces that were created just as restrictions started to be lifted And pieces that were developed before the pandemic take on new meaning in our new reality We always keep safety and health at the forefront of our planning, more than half of the plays will be performed outdoors, and all audiences attending indoor performances will be asked to show proof of vaccination or a test. negative and to remain masked.
With such a diverse selection of productions and the ability to gather to watch them, this WOW festival should be an exciting weekend.
“We have such a variety of works on display at this festival, there is no specific theme. But the universal feeling among artists and audiences is the pure thrill of being able to come together again in person to live and make art ! “
Amy hopes the festival will not only entertain but also inspire people to make art, talk about art, and support theaters and festivals of the future.
“I hope everyone who attends the WOW Festival leaves having seen or experienced something new that will be etched in their memory; something unique that you will tell your friends about, and when you remember it, you will be excited about the next party of the year!”
How to get tickets
The La JollaPLayhouse WOW Festival takes place in the Liberty Station Arts District from April 21-24. For show details, times and ticket information, go to www.lajollaplayhouse.org
Indoor WOW Events
Masks are mandatory. Prior to entering the performance or event space, all guests 5 years of age and older must show proof of full immunizations, along with photo identification. You can present your physical vaccination record, a photo of your vaccination record, or a QR code from a healthcare provider or State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. Guests not fully vaccinated and children under 5 will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance or event. Acceptable proof of a negative PCR test includes test results with a date or supplier QR code.
Wristbands will be provided to all customers who have verified their vaccination/testing status to allow entry to multiple productions. However, customers must obtain a new wristband for each day they attend the WOW festival. WOW wristbands will be awarded upon check-in at the venue for indoor events. You can use the same wristband for all indoor shows you attend on the same day.
Outdoor WOW Events
Masks are optional. No proof of vaccination or negative test is required for outdoor WOW events.
WOW Event Staff
All WOW Event staff are fully vaccinated and boosted. Event staff will wear masks for all indoor events.
Photo credit: The Bubble: The 2022 WOW Festival production of La Jolla Playhouse from The bubble CORPUS of Canada; photo by Robert Delesky.
TransMythical: The La Jolla Playhouse 2022 WOW Festival Production of TransMythicfrom Animal Cracker Conspiracy of San Diego.
The Box Show: 2022 WOW Festival Production from La Jolla Playhouse The box showby New York artist Dominique Salerno.