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Far Away

Experience the “consummate local production of 2020-21, on screen or in person” with a free encore streaming of Far Away until February 6 in honor of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s recognition of the “daring” online production by Caryl Churchill.

Far Away is Caryl Churchill’s surreal portrait of a descent into a hyper-partisan future we hope will never come to pass. We follow a young woman through mysterious nocturnal activity to unbelievable hat construction and right into a dark future where everything, alive and inanimate, is at war: Wasps, computer programmers, children under five …

It’s 45 minutes of shocking theater, turned into an evocative film by the artistry of Joe Seamans and Mark Knobil.

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Lisa Velten Smith
Ingrid Sonnichsen
Andrew William Smith

Creative Team

Director of Photography – Mark Knobil
Scenic Design – Kelsey Garrett
Costume Design – Susan Tsu
Lighting Design – Sydney Asselin
Sound & Music Design – Sartje Pickett
Director of Production – Hank Bullington
Stage Manager – Piper Clement
Hats by Scott Andrew, Lara Berich, Janet Groom Campbell and Kristin McLain, Kerri Angeletti, Mindy Eshelman, Elyse Grimaldi, Leah Klocko, Becca Jewett, Bri McDivitt-Smith, Venise St. Pierre, Sophia Stokes, Jillian Warner.

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