Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. Distance Learning by Christian Kiley is a fantastic ensemble play written specifically to be performed on an online platform.
Distance Learning takes us inside the student experience of trying to survive and thrive in a virtual classroom. What’s the future of virtual classrooms? Are they the new normal? Will we ever experience the old normal again? There are no rules to help overcome feeling alone. It’s time to get class started. Won’t you join us?
Why did we publish this play?
We are continuing to focus on plays that can be produced in a virtual environment. Theatre must go on! This play is a vivid “now” play. It’s about our current pandemic situation, which isn’t going away just yet. It will connect to students and give them the opportunity to explore characters within a virtual world.
Let’s hear from the author!
1. Why did you write this play?
This is what we are living through right now. I really want to help express the voices and emotions of my students. I appreciate the opportunity to write about the significant moments of life that I observe and experience with the young artists I mentor and teach.
2. Describe the theme in one or two sentences.
Even during a pandemic, people can continue to strive for improvement, grow, and become better, stronger people (yes, even teachers). People need a sense of community and the support that a community provides (even in virtual or distance learning).
3. What’s the most important visual for you in this play?
It is a recurring moment. When all or most of the characters stare right into the camera with an “I see you” look. This should be as close to a fourth wall break as is possible in a virtual performance.
4. If you could give one piece of advice for those producing the play, what would it be?
Use your current feelings (good, bad, and all those in between) to help you connect to your characters and the world of the play. I am very excited to see, hear, and experience how directors, actors, and designers push the boundaries of virtual performance.
5. Why is this play great for student performers?
It is my perspective of what the students I teach and interact with on a daily basis are going through.
6. Do you have any tips for those who are performing this play online?
Find ways to push the boundaries. Each character has a facet of their personality that can be portrayed in a dynamic way. Don’t be afraid of your creative ideas and your ability to put them out there. Your mind, heart, and talent can make a meaningful difference.
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