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The Atlantic Meets the Pacific | La Jolla Playhouse, Oct 3rd

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Lab Tours

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific is enhanced by exclusive “insider” visits to groundbreaking research labs and interactive laboratories.

Registered attendees will select one of the first five labs listed below to tour on Thursday afternoon, October 3rd. Information on lab tour sign-up will be emailed to all registered attendees. On Friday, October 4th, all attendees will be invited to participate in tours at Calit2.

Please note there will be considerable walking, including up and down stairs, and standing at the various labs. If you need special consideration, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

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La Jolla Playhouse, Oct 3rd

La Jolla Playhouse, Oct 3rd

Innovation in Theater
2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037


The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating some of the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer, and is considered to be one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including the currently-running Jersey Boys as well as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Farnsworth Invention, 33 Variations, Bonnie & Clyde, Peter, and the Starcatcher, and Memphis.

In its inaugural Without Walls Festival, October 3 - 6, 2013, the La Jolla Playhouse and its partners will invite the city to witness four days of immersive and engaging art unlike anything this city has experienced; and are happy to welcome patrons from Atlantic Meets the Pacific for behind the scenes tours and exclusive discussions with the inventors, creators, and artists. The three-part tour will include unique theatrical experiences, including: the immersive environment of Platonov in a world premiere adaptation by M.I.T.’s Jay Scheib, an exploration of the life of a star in Our Star Will Die Alone by UCSD’s Project Planetaria, and a fascinating analysis of our city in 100% San Diego.


For Platonov, writer/creator Jay Scheib constructed a site-specific world that utilizes live video throughout the performance to mix the feel of Shakespeare in the Park with the nostalgic drive-in movie. Jay Scheib is an international stage director, designer, and author of plays, operas, ballets, and performance-driven live art events. Winner of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award for the direction of his stage adaptation, World of Wires, Scheib’s works continue to garner rave reviews and accolades internationally. In addition to staging productions for National Theaters in Europe and Asia, Scheib is also a Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his research focuses on the continued development of genre-defying performances and the deep integration of new (and used) technologies for the stage.

Project Planetaria, Our Star Will Die Alone
Our Star Will Die Alone integrates data-driven elements rooted in our scientific understanding of stellar astrophysics with cutting edge performance art, sound, light, projection, and a death metal band, to create an original, interactive experience. The collaboration of Adam Burgasser, Tara Knight, and Michael Trigilio helped to create this unique theatrical endeavor. Adam Burgasser, an observational astrophysicist, specializes in very low mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets. He received his B.S. in Physics from UC San Diego and his Ph.D. in Physics from California Institute of Technology, and joined this project with crazy ideas about dancing your Ph.D. and making art out of stellar orbits. Tara Knight, a filmmaker, animator, and projection designer, received her B.A. in Film Theory and Production from Hampshire College, and her M.F.A. in Visual Art from UC San Diego. Michael Trigilio, a multimedia artist with a special focus on sound art earned his B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his M.F.A. from Mills College.

100% San Diego
In 100% San Diego, Rimini Protokoll cast 100 different city and county residents of all backgrounds to create a holistic representation of San Diego. This production utilized census and statistical data to understand the population of San Diego. Rimini Protokoll, a team of three author-directors, has exerted a powerful influence on the alternative theatre scene. As a leader and creator of the theatre movement known as “Reality Trend” (Theater der Zeit), this team has attracted international attention with their dramatic works, which take place in the colorful zone between reality and fiction. Their awards include the National German Theatre Award DER FAUST, the European Theatre Prize in Thessaloniki, and the Silver Lion of the 41st Theatre Biennale of Venice.

  • 02 oct
    Wednesday, October 2
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    5:30 PM:
    Registration and Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Roni Zeiger
    8:15 PM:
    Big Data, Big Disease, Mining for Medical Breakthroughs
    • Russ Altman
    • Eric Horvitz
    • Steve Miller
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 03 oct
    Thursday, October 3
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Deepak Chopra
    9:30 AM:
    What’s next in Medical IT: Wireless Health and Wearable Trends
    • Todd Coleman
    • Mick Ebeling
    • Ian Shakil
    • Halle Tecco
    10:20 AM:
    Virtual Headline Interview
    • Siddhartha Mukherjee
    11:00 AM:
    Scanning the Horizon: Accelerating Innovation in Cancer Care
    • Scott Lippman
    • David Sadava
    • Christopher Slapak
    • Greg Sorensen
    • Kristiina Vuori
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch
    1:15 PM:
    Chronic diseases: How Technology Is Changing the Patient Experience
    • Pat Christen
    • Naser Partovi
    • Jordan Shlain
    • Peter Yu
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
    2:30 – 4:30 PM:
    Lab Tours (attendees tour one of five institutes)
    5:30 PM:
    Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: How Far Away is a Cure for Cancer?
    • Clifton Leaf
    8:15 PM:
    Headline Interview: Transformative Trends in Medicine
    • Eric Topol
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 04 oct
    Friday, October 4
    Calit2's Qualcomm Institute
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: Future Trends in Technology
    • Chris Anderson
    9:40 AM:
    Technology for Social Change
    • Clark Gibson
    • Jamie Alexandre
    • Peggy Johnson
    10:20 AM:
    Headline Interview: Global Health and Global Threats
    • Laurie Garrett
    11:10 AM:
    Living Longer, Living Smarter: Innovations in Longevity Research
    • Kunal Sarkar
    • Larry Smarr
    • Deborah Szekely
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch and Lab Tours on Visualization Technology
    1:15 PM:
    Brain Mapping: Pushing the Frontiers of Neurology
    • Nicholas Spitzer
    • Kris Famm
    • Ralph Greenspan
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • *Please Note: All speakers confirmed, dates and times subject to change.
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The Locations

La Jolla, California

Scripps Seaside Forum

Find a Hotel

The Atlantic and UC San Diego have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and will run a shuttle from the property to our various event venues. When calling for a reservation, please reference “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific”.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA
(888) 828-0948

For a list of other hotels in the area,
please click here.

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