The Lewis Center for the Arts’s Program in Theater presents an academic exploration of Enda Walsh’s strange and tender love story, Arlington. This event examines themes of isolation, hope, and new relationships across space and time. The two characters at the heart of the piece, Isla and the Young Man, meet each other from a distance. Isla is locked in a small waiting room in a tower, having just realized the fate that awaits her. The Young Man watches her from another room, able to interact only through a speaker in her room. He must decide whether or not to change her fate.

This presentation experiments with socially-distanced performance practices that hauntingly echo the themes and plot of this dystopian story. The project is led by theater seniors Katharine Matthias ‘21 with Miranda Allegar ‘21 and Minjae Kim ‘21.


The video was presented for streaming on-demand through March 26, 2021.

This virtual event is free, but as an academic exploration is open only to Princeton students, faculty and staff. University community members will need to log in to this page with Princeton University net ID to gain access.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This presentation includes depictions of suicide ideation, torture, and physical harm, and includes use of a strobe light.


March 20 at 8:00 PM (ET)
Via Zoom Webinar

Join Katharine Matthias ‘21, Miranda Allegar ‘21 and Program in Theater faculty member Elena Araoz in a live conversation as they discuss the process behind this unique project and their work on the Innovations in Socially Distant Performance, a project which studies the aesthetics, philosophies, tools, and artists who are transforming the fields of virtual live performance and socially distant productions. The project’s website was recently selected to be archived by The United States Library of Congress’ Coronavirus Web Archive containing select web-based evidence to document the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on every aspect of American life and the many communities within the United States.

This event is open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Visit our Virtual Events Page for the Zoom Webinar registration link; participants will need to log in to this page with Princeton University ID to gain access.


closed captioning availableThe on-demand presentation will be closed captioned and the talkback will be live captioned. Viewers in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at least 2 weeks in advance at

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  • Program in Theater