take a look behind the curtains

Enter the expansive and surreal backstage world of a magical caravan theatre.

A travelling theatre caravan has arrived at the Museum! Behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems. This is the world of Teatro Piñata. In this immersive theatre installation, the caravan theatre is a portal to an expansive and surreal backstage world. Much like a piñata, what’s inside brings delight to children who crack it open.

Teatro Piñata celebrates the magic of theatre through striking “behind-the-scenes” visual worlds utilizing theatrical tricks, dramatic lighting, a soundscape that heightens the senses and manipulatable props that will spark imagination and play. Discover a ticket booth with a secret tunnel, step up on stage and put on a show, dress up in colorful costumes in the backstage dressing rooms, play with shadow puppets and more!


Artist Talk: David Israel Reynoso

David Reynoso joined Director of Exhibitions Megan Dickerson for a discussion on theatre, children’s museums, play and plans for Reynoso’s immersive theatre installation at the Museum.

Who Made This?

David Israel Reynoso
1981, Guadalajara, Mexico
lives in
San Diego, CA

David Israel Reynoso is a San Diego-based theatre designer whose work is often seen at The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse. He is the recipient of a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Award as well as a 2011 Obie Award for Sleep No More. He also founded OPTIKA MODERNA, the innovative theatre company that creates “bold experiences that allow participants to peer through the eyes of another.” OPTIKA MODERNA collaborators on Teatro Piñata include Sonya Calderon, Nicholas Ponting, Emily Schmit and Dave Buess. The group presented Optika Piñata at this year’s La Jolla Playhouse POP UP Without Walls (WOW) event and Portaleza for last year’s Digital Without Walls series.

To learn more about Reynoso, watch our Artist Talk with him here and visit his website.

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