Distant Theater, a pioneering new theater firm born within the pandemic, has introduced a repertory of achieved theater artists (the Distant Rep) to assist reimagine theater for its post-pandemic transformation. With its new 12-person artist group, Distant has additionally launched a marketing campaign to assist fund a small full-time employees, an bold 2021 season (the theatre’s second), and know-how designed to attach audiences in each digital and bodily areas.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to Distant Theater, go to: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/remote-theater-company
“There has by no means been a greater time to step again and reimagine what theatre may be,” mentioned Distant co-founder and creative director, Giovanni Rodriguez. “The pandemic has pressured us to rethink how we use public areas. It is also pressured us to embrace digital communication know-how — which is advancing quickly — not simply as a proxy for bodily connection however as its personal medium with its personal guidelines and prerogatives.”
The Distant Rep is a gaggle of actors, writers, and composers who’ve collaborated with each other over the previous yr at Distant Theater and peer organizations. They’re now resident artists of the corporate. A number of are related to different firms and can proceed to work with them as effectively.
From New York and Ann Arbor, Michigan:
Tanya Shaffer (playwright/actor/co-founder)
Billy Aronson (playwright; originator of idea for RENT)
Ellen McLaughlin (actor/playwright; authentic Angel in Angels in America)
Samrat Chakrabarti (actor)
Rinde Eckert (composer)
From the West Coast (the Bay Space and Ashland, Oregon):
James Carpenter (actor, 2010 Lunt-Fontaine Fellow,
co-founder of Actors Studying Collective)
Catherine Castellanos (actor)
Brady Morales-Woolery (actor)
Alicia M.P. Nelson (actor)
Philippa Kelly (dramaturg)
Paul Dresher (composer)
Giovanni Rodriguez (creative director)
“One of many really thrilling alternatives of constructing theater remotely is that we are able to convey collectively artists and audiences from totally different elements of the nation and the world,” mentioned resident artist and Distant Theater co-founder Tanya Shaffer. “We sit up for increasing our nationwide and world attain as we proceed our mission of making vibrant, provocative on-line and hybrid theater in a post-pandemic world.”
Distant started its 2021 calendar with its critically acclaimed manufacturing of Anthony Clarvoe‘s The Artwork of Sacrifice, a play about girls, energy, and chess, and a studying of award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman’s Magician’s Selection. For the rest of the yr, Distant will current performs on two tracks:
+Distant RAW (Actual Actors Working): a bi-monthly sequence of flippantly rehearsed readings that includes a few of the nation’s most fun stage actors. A number of of those readings will likely be invitation-only.
+Distant Mainstage: two extra absolutely rehearsed productions utilizing digital and/bodily areas. One manufacturing has been introduced: an out of doors live performance model of Tanya Shaffer‘s award-winning musical The Fourth Messenger, which asks the query: What if the Buddha have been a girl, dwelling in our time? Date and venue TBD. Distant will produce one different play as a feature-length “Zoom movie,” an toddler style the corporate expects will develop within the coming yr.
For extra details about Distant and its programming, go to www.remote.theater.