Going the Distance

August 24, 2007

Students and faculty from the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department are staging a live multi-media version of Neil LaBute’s play, The Distance From Here. Using an all-student cast (Param Bhattacharyya, Kira Davies, Ana Maria Hermida, Alonso Homs, Luke Pendley and Mitch Wissick, all drawn from the department’s Advanced Acting course) and technical crew, the production combines live video and sound projection with naturalistic stage performances. This staging of the show—originally presented in an SVA classroom in April 2007—was conceived and directed by faculty member Doris Mirescu in collaboration with fellow faculty and three-time Academy Award-winning soundman Chris Newman. According to Mirescu, “The Distance from Here is being staged using live video-feed played on monitors installed in the theater. Three mounted cameras, and one hand-held by a character, show the action from the inside. Actors are present throughout, sitting among the audience, breaking the so-called fourth wall.”

The show is moving to a theater space for a trio of public performances on September 6 – 8, 7pm, at the Paradise Theater, 64 East 4th Street. Tickets are $20; $15 for students. For more information or to make a reservation, contact do@dangerousgroundproductions.com.

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