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The Car Plays

Welcome to The Car Plays

Conceived by Paul Stein

After checking in at the box office, you are escorted by “car hops” into the parking lot where you receive your “Notice to Appear” citation (or program). You and your companion take your seats inside a parked car and quickly notice two other people in the car with you. A moment later, your car door closes and the drama, or comedy, unfolds in front of you…just inches away. Ten minutes later, the doors open, you are ushered into a new car and a whole new story begins.

“The Car Plays combine the pleasures of site-specific theater and voyeurism — one of the better arguments for carpooling since the high-occupancy lane.” (CRITICS’ CHOICE) Los Angeles Times


In October 2015, The Car Plays return to The La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Without Walls (WOW) Festival. The Festival runs October 9 – October 11. 

For the 2015 WOW Festival, The Car Plays returns with a new twist. The event will again feature 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. Typically, each play in a line of five cars tells a different story, unrelated to the others in the row, but with The Car Plays: Interchange, the five plays will share a common storyline or theme. Written primarily by Moving Arts playwrights, the plays will feature San Diego actors and be helmed by directors Lisa Berger, Jessica Bird and Michael Schwartz.

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