11 episodes

We’re all watching the news. We’re all doing our part. Some are even putting their lives on the line to contribute. We’re learning how to work from our homes, and we’re contending with lost jobs and the temporary (hopefully) shutdowns of entire industries.

But at the same time, most of us are mourning the loss of something that we might not have even realized we valued so much: our connections to each other. Suddenly, neighbors seem as though they live halfway across the country, and friends and loved one can feel as though they’re millions of miles away. How do we deal with the broad chasms that have opened?

Closing the Distance is a series of ten short pieces that explores the sudden and seemingly uncrossable distance between people caused by our being sheltered in place. In each piece, individuals are faced with a lack of contact they hadn’t anticipated – from loved ones, from their community, from new and emerging relationships, from their way of making a living, etc. In each case, they struggle with the distance until they find some way to bridge it, often with surprising results. Fractious relationships are healed. Unexpected relationships are formed. Essential relationships are sustained.

A portion of the proceeds from Closing the Distance will be donated to two charities that resonate with us as writers and performers: The Actors Fund, which provides essential assistance to those in the entertainment field, and Save Indie Bookstores, which has been set up to help booksellers – such an invaluable part of our communities – stay afloat in these financially challenging times.

Closing the Distance is a series of emotionally resonant pieces. But more than that, it is an opportunity for us to acknowledge what we are missing and to envision a better outcome.

Closing the Distance The Audio Drama Initiative

    • Drama
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

We’re all watching the news. We’re all doing our part. Some are even putting their lives on the line to contribute. We’re learning how to work from our homes, and we’re contending with lost jobs and the temporary (hopefully) shutdowns of entire industries.

But at the same time, most of us are mourning the loss of something that we might not have even realized we valued so much: our connections to each other. Suddenly, neighbors seem as though they live halfway across the country, and friends and loved one can feel as though they’re millions of miles away. How do we deal with the broad chasms that have opened?

Closing the Distance is a series of ten short pieces that explores the sudden and seemingly uncrossable distance between people caused by our being sheltered in place. In each piece, individuals are faced with a lack of contact they hadn’t anticipated – from loved ones, from their community, from new and emerging relationships, from their way of making a living, etc. In each case, they struggle with the distance until they find some way to bridge it, often with surprising results. Fractious relationships are healed. Unexpected relationships are formed. Essential relationships are sustained.

A portion of the proceeds from Closing the Distance will be donated to two charities that resonate with us as writers and performers: The Actors Fund, which provides essential assistance to those in the entertainment field, and Save Indie Bookstores, which has been set up to help booksellers – such an invaluable part of our communities – stay afloat in these financially challenging times.

Closing the Distance is a series of emotionally resonant pieces. But more than that, it is an opportunity for us to acknowledge what we are missing and to envision a better outcome.

    Episode 10: Yeah, Good Question performed by Lou Aronica

    Episode 10: Yeah, Good Question performed by Lou Aronica

    When his daughter asks, "What does the other side of this look like?" a man contemplates how we have changed and what this means for the future. Written and performed by New York Times bestselling author Lou Aronica.

    • 15 min
    Episode 9: Windows starring Eden Brolin

    Episode 9: Windows starring Eden Brolin

    Sheltering in place has taught us much about ourselves. But what is it teaching us about others? In Tawni O'Dell's touching and insightful piece, two people who have been living in close proximity meet for the first time when an unexpected need arises. Eden Brolin, known for her work in Beyond and Arkansas, captures the wide range of emotions in this story.

    • 14 min
    Episode 8: Reunion starring Arielle Jacobs

    Episode 8: Reunion starring Arielle Jacobs

    What do you do when you can't be there? How do you contend with critical life moments when you can't be present. In this story by New York Times bestselling author Lou Aronica, a woman a thousand miles away from her family finds surprising ways to close the distance. Performed gorgeously by Broadway and Disney star Arielle Jacobs.

    • 13 min
    Episode 7: Wedding Day starring Casey Breves and Lesli Margherita

    Episode 7: Wedding Day starring Casey Breves and Lesli Margherita

    Our plans comprise a critical part of our lives and take up a prominent place in our minds. And when those plans involve making commitments that will affect the rest of our lives, they mean more than just about everything. But regardless of their scale, all plans are subject to circumstances beyond our control. In this touching story written by New York Times bestselling author Tawni O'Dell and performed by Casey Breves and Lesli Margherita, a couple celebrate a wedding day very different from the one they had planned.

    • 11 min
    Episode 6: Second Thoughts starring Tony Danza

    Episode 6: Second Thoughts starring Tony Danza

    Even those of us who are completely alone have one constant companion: our thoughts. What happens when those thoughts take us places we've chosen not to go? In New York Times bestselling author Tawni O'Dell's incisive story, a man misses companions he barely knew and reflects on the events that brought him where he is today. Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Tony Danza delivers a devastating performance of this story.

    • 15 min
    Episode 5: Working from Home starring Kelli O'Hara

    Episode 5: Working from Home starring Kelli O'Hara

    Mothers have always needed to excel at dozens of roles at a moment's notice. And these days, their responsibilities have somehow grown greater. In New York Times bestselling author Tawni O'Dell's emotionally charged story, a woman needs to navigate between working from home, educating her child, and creating a soft landing for her daughter's missed birthday party. Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara transports us to the heart of this story.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

SwelteringInPlace ,

Can’t wait for season 2

This is my most shared podcast. Love these little gems.

Seat Diva ,

Fabulous!

I’ve enjoyed every episode. Kathleen Turner was so tremendously effective in her portrayal of a trophy wife. The ending truly took my breath away. Bravo!

marigoldm ,

Wow

Beautiful

The fate of the common man

Gifted writing and haunting song

Kathleen Turner makes my heart skip a beat

Thank all for this work of art

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