STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
Originally released monthly in 2020/2021
A seven-chapter experience across multiple locations in Washington DC
CREATED BY Randy Baker, Kylos Brannon, Jenny McConnell Frederick, Roc Lee, Tosin Olufolabi, Doug Robinson, Debra Kim Sivigny, Jonelle Walker
“A scrappy D.C. theater company with an edgy modern aesthetic, Rorschach Theatre doesn’t ordinarily recruit, as set designer, the Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. But Rock Creek Cemetery’s famous Adams Memorial — with its shrouded figure by Saint-Gaudens — is one of the backdrops to Rorschach’s latest production, “Distance Frequencies.” A season-long immersive experience, “Distance Frequencies” sends audiences on monthly excursions to lesser-traveled Washington-area sites, where landscapes — together with the contents of curated mailed packages — help conjure a mysterious overarching story that is partly set in those locations.”
— Washington Post
A lost letter reveals a hidden alliance. A familiar fragrance revives ancient memories. A forbidden love sends ripples 100 years into the future. What unseen history does each corner of a city hold? If you stand in just the right spot and listen closely, you can hear the past… and maybe even the future.
PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES is Rorschach Theatre’s visionary new experience that takes participants to unexpected locations around their city while a season-long fictional narrative plays out over layers of history and magic realism. Guests receive a box in the mail monthly that includes a new Chapter in the story, each box containing hand-crafted objects – letters, drawings, souvenirs, photos, or even snacks – and a map to a location in their city. The season ends with a live in-person event that culminates the story.
Participants can begin their adventure at any time and a subscription includes Seven Chapters + a link to a video of the culminating performance that took place in July 2021.
Photo above: DISTANCE FREQUENCIES’ culminating chapter,
The site-specific live performance of DISTANCE FREQUENCIES: TRANSMISSION.
Photo: Ryan Maxwell Photography
Hundreds of DC-Area audiences have joined us for Rorschach’s Psychogeographies projects, described by the The Washington Post: “[a] season-long immersive experience, DISTANCE FREQUENCIES sends audiences on monthly excursions to lesser-traveled Washington-area sites, where landscapes — together with the contents of curated mailed packages — help conjure a mysterious overarching story that is partly set in those locations.”
DC Metro Theatre Arts said about the project, “Rorschach Theatre’s current production is…an adventure of the mind and, if you wish, the body… The innovative form of art incorporates literature, music, mystery, romance, and DC’s highlights and history, all steeped in a hope for a better world… Rorschach Theatre has hit the jackpot with this innovative form of art, incorporating literature, music, mystery, romance, and DC’s highlights and history, all steeped in a hope for a better world.”
Safety Considerations: Participants are required to follow local and private business mask requirements where applicable. Rorschach strongly recommends all participants be vaccinated against covid 19.