Long Distance Affair Brings Live Theater Experience to Your Favorite Screen

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Starting February 11 through February 21, Long Distance Affair returns to provide some communal culture during our never ending quarantine.  Produced by the people who brought you Miami Motel StoriesLong Distance Affair aims to break down geographic and pandemic barriers with ten minute theatrical encounters.

“A silver lining of the pandemic is the ability to collaborate across boundaries, time zones and cultures in a seamless way,” playwright Dipti Bramhandkar of Mumbai said in a press release. “Rather than looking at the limitations of online work, I like to see the many advantages that technology presents to us as we create work that is reflective of this historic time. Embracing all the amazing uncertainty of ‘live’ performances is still true in the online world. How we can create surprise and spontaneity on the screen is a wonderful challenge as a writer.”

Over the next two weekends on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:45  and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 and  2 p.m. audiences can watch up to six different performances. You can check out the performers at Beirut, Lagos, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai or Portland all from the comfort of your own bathtub or wherever else you can get wi-fi.

“I grew up in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Canada, and the U.S., and have lived, worked, and traveled to 22 countries. Those experiences fuel my belief that the stories we tell, and how we tell them, have real impact on lives around the world,” playwright Leila Buck of Beirut said in the press release. “Collaborating with artists in other countries offers the opportunity to connect people, places and ideas that might not encounter each other otherwise; to explore both the uniqueness of our experiences and the relationships between them, and to experience how the distance between us and “them”, “here” and “there” is often shorter than we think.”

Tickets for Long Distance Affair go for $40 and you can purchase them here.

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David Rolland

David Rolland edits The Jitney blog. He is the author of the novel The End of the Century.