David Neumann & Marcella Murray
Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed


January 15-25, 2020

David Neumann returns to The Chocolate Factory for the first time since his Bessie Award-winning 2015 performance I Understand Everything Better.

In Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed, co-creators David Neumann and Marcella Murray create a staged conversation of intimate scale on the set of a TV talk show where they explore and unpack their several-years-long ongoing dialogue about race alongside astronomical questions of scale and time.

Mirroring the current societal conversation, in all its hubris, fuckups and wonders, Marcella and David weave personal stories in amongst historical events, scientific uncertainties, live video refuting ideas of scale, and periodic mesmerizing dances. Over-simplification is resisted. Imperfection is a given.

Performances will take place in the Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center.

Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed is co-commissioned and co-presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater and Abrons Arts Center, produced by Advanced Beginner Group, and associate-produced by Mabou Mines.

Co-created by Marcella Murray and David Neumann of Advanced Beginner Group. Performers: Marcella Murray, David Neumann, Hyung Seok Jeon, Julius Powell. Video Design and Performance: Hyung Seok Jeon. Sound Design and Lead Collaborator: Tei Blow. Set and Props Design: Chris Green. Costume Design: Montana Blanco. Lighting Design: Grace Gilmore. Dramaturg: Melanie George. Producer: Boo Froebel.

‘Distances’ Review: Fumblingly Picking at the Knot of Race – Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times

‘Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed’ Confronts The Unconfirmable – Dan O’Neil, culturebot

David Neumann and Marcella Murray receive a 2020 Obie Award