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'Portaleza' in the Digital WOW Festival


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until October 4, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / La Jolla Playhouse
    Map | Website
  • AGES Not available
  • COST $20 - $25

La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW, or Without Walls, Festival was forced online by COVID-19. But as a site-specific event, the restrictions of quarantine have simply become a creative challenge. The latest Digital WOW work to debut is "Portaleza" and displays an innovative approach to creating a virtual experience. Check out KPBS reporter Beth Accomando's review of "Portaleza" here.

By David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna
September 8 – October 4

International sales end September 13, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
Domestic sales end September 25, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

The online portal to view Portaleza will be open from Tuesday, September 8 7:00 p.m. PDT through Sunday, October 4 11:59 p.m. PDT. It is intended to be viewed at night or in a dark room.

A smart phone with texting capabilities and headphones are required for this experience.

Your adventure begins when a special package arrives in your mailbox. Packages will be mailed 3-5 business days after purchase. Please provide a valid mailing address during checkout.

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.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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