La Jolla Playhouse announced the second production in its innovative, site-based Without Walls (WoW) series: Moving Arts' The Car Plays: San Diego, running Thursdays through Sundays through March 4, 2012.
Moving Arts' The Car Plays: San Diego, conceived by Paul Stein, offers a series of intimate 10-minute plays, each taking place in a car, where audiences of two move from vehicle to vehicle to experience works by different playwrights. After being ushered to their seats, the car doors close and participants watch the drama, or comedy, unfold just inches away. Ten minutes later, the doors open, a seat in a new car awaits, and a fresh story begins. In the course of an hour, five evocative stories are revealed. The Los Angeles Times raved, "The Car Plays combines the pleasures of site-specific theater and voyeurism - one of the better arguments for carpooling since the high-occupancy lane. (Critic's Choice);" while the LA Weekly wrote, "This unique melding of site-specific theater and freeway crawl should be hailed as a local treasure."
In addition to presenting a variety of plays by Moving Arts playwrights, The Playhouse has commissioned several current and past MFA students from UC San Diego's playwriting program to create new 10-minute plays specifically for this presentation.
"Following up on the excitement and success of Susurrus, our first WoW presentation, we offer The Car Plays: San Diego, which takes patrons on another delightful site-based adventure," said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. "In a truly unforgettable experience, audiences will witness a series of short plays – some of which are Playhouse-commissioned pieces by local playwrights – as they unfold in the back seat of a car."
Funded by a generous grant from The James Irvine Foundation, WoW is an exciting new La Jolla Playhouse program designed to break the barriers of traditional theatre. Over the course of four years, The Playhouse is commissioning and presenting a series of site-specific productions at locations throughout the San Diego community. The works are chosen from numerous local, national and interNational Theatre artists, each of whom will be offered residencies and/or performance opportunities through the WoW program. Underscoring the theatre's mission of providing "unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow," coupled with the idea that The Playhouse is defined by the work it creates – not the space in which it is performed – WoW is designed to offer theatrical experiences that venture beyond the physical confines of The Playhouse's facilities.
Performance times for The Car Plays: San Diego include Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm. The Car Plays: San Diego will be performed at an outdoor location in La Jolla to be announced shortly. Tickets are $25 each. For more information, please call The Playhouse Box Office at (858) 550-1010 or visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.