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La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego

A member of the Gob Squad films a performance of

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Above: A member of the Gob Squad films a performance of "Super Night Shot."

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Hits Downtown San Diego


Meiyin Wang, festival director, Without Walls

Berit Stumpf, member, Gob Squad


Usually, performances at La Jolla Playhouse involve a stage, actors and an audience: everyone knows their place and what their role is. But during the Playhouse's Without Walls Festival, those roles get mixed up. The stage, the actors and the audience can be anywhere and anyone.

The festival, held mostly downtown for the first time this year, features more than a dozen events including an improvised film from the European collective Gob Squad and a series of tiny homes in Horton Plaza inspired in part by San Diego's housing crisis.

"I like the idea that there is risk or danger of things about to fall apart," festival director Meiyin Wang said. "I think that’s the best part of live performance."

The festival runs through Sunday with a mix of ticketed and free events.

Wang and Gob Squad member Berit Stumpf join KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday with more about this year's Without Walls.


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