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when the bubble bursts was created in collaboration with the La Jolla Playhouse for 2021's "Pop-Up" WoW event in Liberty Station. The piece weaves music, movement, and spoken text (including contributions from local community members) to explore the shared experience of the last 18 months and the months to come. Inspired by the words and reflections about this unique moment from local artists and community members, when the bubble bursts is a meditation on human connection and impermanence. Simultaneously a celebration of resilience and a reflection of adversity, this performance blends music, movement, and text to reignite the magic of live theater. Featuring a cast of 20 performers, some larger-than-life guests, and bubbles galore, this ‘happening’ explores some of the difficult questions posed by the past year while evoking the childlike wonder and curiosity conjured by life’s simplest joys.

The content for when the bubble bursts came from a wide range of community members who were asked to complete a survey asking them about their 18 months isolated, their hopes for the future, and their reflections on the past. Other moments stemmed from interviews used to create Refractions: A Collection of Human Anthems, and from our artists directly. 

Our artists met and devised the movement featured in the performance together. After months of staying apart, the team was excited to meet again in person and create something meaningful - many for the first time since March of 2020. Explore some thoughts from our artists when asked what they are most excited for this performance: 

"To feel the energy of the cast, crew, and audience together again. That aliveness of being in community and connecting with each other through art." - Karina 

"The energy of an audience is such a magical thing, and the best performances are when both the spectators and the entertainers feed each other in a mutual loop with their essences." - Russell 

"Getting to make people feel things has always been one of the best parts of performing, because it's a means to connect through a shared experience." - Annie

"If I can contribute to one person going home and thinking about how our collective expression relates to their life, it's all worth it." - Ricky

when the bubble bursts is presented by La Jolla

Playhouse as part of the 2021 Pop-Up

Without Walls Festival.



All tickets for when the bubble bursts are free and general admission. when the bubble bursts is presented as a series of performances over the course of 80 minutes. Tickets are free. Click below to RSVP and learn more.



Written by: Blake McCarty, Mekala Sridhar, and Shellina Hefner 


Sofia Zaragoza, Marisa Taylor Scott, Ricky Flahive, Russell Clements, Sofia Zaragoza, Ajay Pawaan, Sara Lucchini, Sarah Jane Salonga, Annie Buchheit, Yari Cervas, Kaila Tacazon, Vanessa Flores-Cabrera, Isaac Brieske, Morgan Hollingsworth, Annalia Galvan, Erica Mejos, Sarah Chan, Kaileykielle Hoga, Emilee Zuniga, and Heather Tjalma Barton


Music Director: 

Patrick Gates


Patrick Gates


Production Manager: Bianca Jennings

Production Assistant: Nathan Wetter

A special thanks to participants of Refractions and all our community members who answered our survey! 




All performances of when the bubble bursts will take place at Liberty Station.


Arts District Liberty Station is located at 2820 Roosevelt Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Free parking is available on the street or the various parking lots.

Seating is located in the grass. 


FREquently asked questions

What regulations are being followed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

This production will be held outdoors where you can sit as close to or as far away from other audience members as you feel comfortable with. In addition, Blindspot Collective's artists will be masked during the performance and audience members are encouraged to wear their masks as well. 

How will I know what to do or where to go?

Upon following the map to the Arts District at Liberty Station, you will see signage and umbrellas as well as staff members directing you where to go. At that point, feel free to sit wherever you would like. 

Is this show child-friendly? 


Are the performers going to interact with me?

Generally, this production is not designed to be heavily interactive. However, audience members are free to interact during pre-show and may be encouraged to experience short personal moments as part of the performance. This being said, the performers will not intentionally touch you. 

What should I wear?

Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing because audience members will be seated in the grass. We also encourage you to wear sunscreen, as well as clothing you'll feel comfortable in outside. Feel free to bring chairs or blankets with you, but refrain from bringing umbrellas or anything that might hinder other audience members' line of sight. 

How long is the show?

The show is approximately 80 minutes combined with the two other performances: Can We Now? and Get on Board which will be performing altogether. 

Is this a La Jolla Playhouse production?

The show is being presented by La Jolla Playhouse for the Pop-Up Without Walls Festival. 



when the bubble bursts is presented by

Blindspot Collective, a performing arts organization based in San Diego.

Blindspot Collective develops artistic programming to illuminate voices, communities, and stories

in the blindspot of our society.

If you have questions or wish to learn more, please email us at

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