The Syndicate

an ensemble theater company

Long Distance: Los Angeles, November 2015. photo: Hector Martinez

Long Distance: Los Angeles, November 2015. photo: Hector Martinez

Long Distance is The Syndicate’s open-source play. Open source usually refers to software: it means that the software’s code is free, and anyone who wants to can reshape, edit, and reuse elements of the code. Long Distance begins with a thematic prompt, the original "code." Company members interpret the prompt and create original material in any medium in response to it, documenting and sending their work to a selected lead artist. She then draws on this body of work to collaborate with local artists and create a new work to perform for an audience in her home city.

The Syndicate has performed iterations of Long Distance in Los Angeles, The Hague, Myrtle Beach, and Brooklyn, with plans for a Chicago performance in September 2016, and the multi-city performance event Long Distance: Borders in November 2016.