Distance Frequencies: FAQ

A lost letter reveals a hidden alliance. A familiar fragrance revives ancient memories. What unseen history does each corner of a city hold? DISTANCE FREQUENCIES harnesses the power of the built and the natural world to create a visceral piece of immersive storytelling. Each month participants receive a map, a box of artifacts, and instructions to travel to a new curated location in the DC area. The ongoing story culminates in a full production of an outdoor site-specific show in the summer of 2021.


I prefer not to leave my home at this time. Can I still participate?

Yes! Each month’s box will provide alternative instructions for experiencing the contents in your own home. The final performance in July 2021 will be an outdoor in person event with social distancing observed (based on whatever restrictions are at the time). Live streaming of that event may be available but is not guaranteed at this time.

Do I need to purchase a separate box for each member of my household?

It really depends on how you want to engage with the experience. Items in the box may be best used by one person at a time, so you may have to take turns with them, or in some cases there may be consumables. Each DISTANCE FREQUENCIES season purchase includes one seat for the performance in summer of 2021. If you choose a single box for a multi-user household, you’ll need to purchase additional seats for the final performances. (Available spring 2021)

When will the chapters be sent? What’s my deadline to sign up?

In order to guarantee your box is included in the earliest possible mail date, please sign up by the 15th of the month. The boxes will be sent 5-7 days after that. If you sign up after this date, your box will be mailed ASAP but it may arrive later than other participants.

What if I sign up after the first chapter (or second or third…) has premiered?

You can sign up for this adventure AT ANY TIME and we will send you all the chapters you missed. If you purchase the package in January for example, we will send you the October, November, and December chapters along with your January box.

Is this okay for kids?

In most cases yes. The story is still being created, so we can’t speak to all its plot points just yet but expect it to fall in the PG-13 range. If any installment is shaping up to include more adult contact we’ll warn you in that month’s instructions so there are no surprises.

How far will I have to travel to reach each month’s location?

Most locations will be within DC.  One or two may be in Maryland or Virginia inside the Beltway.

Do I need a car to participate in this?

In most cases we’ll opt for locations that have some degree of public transportation accessibility. (Though we understand not everyone may wish to use public transportation at this time.) If you are unable or prefer not to travel to any month’s destination, we will provide alternative at-home instructions.

When are these events happening?

Whenever you want! Certain locations may have specific open/closed hours to be aware of, but generally you can launch your own experience each month whenever it’s convenient for you.

Do I have to do it every month?

You’ll receive a box every month, but you can choose whether to execute them as you receive them or save them up and binge them later. Want to give the experience as a holiday gift? Go for it! We’ll send new participants all the boxes they’ve missed at the time they register.

How are you ensuring the safety of participants?

We will choose locations that tend to be less trafficked. We also ask that participants wear masks and remain distanced from anyone else they encounter on their adventure. Generally experiences will be primarily outdoors (so grab your coat for those winter months!) We also look to participants to exercise their own excellent judgement–look both ways when crossing streets, don’t hassle pigeons, wear your seatbelt and make good choices.

How long does each experience take?

While your travel time will vary based on your starting location and mode of transportation, we anticipate each experience being 15-20 minutes of content. Additionally, each expedition will come with further suggestions of optional ways to enhance your trip.

Have a question that’s not answered here?

Write to us at info@rorschachtheatre.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.