Winter Dessert Theatre: The Distance Between Us

Winter Dessert Theatre: The Distance Between Us has been RESCHEDULED for a single show Sunday, April 26th at 3 pm. See below for additional details.

The Arts Place of Stokes welcomes the finale of the Winter Dessert Theatre Series, “The Distance Between Us.” The production was written and directed by Frank Levering. Levering grew up on a farm north of Mount Airy, NC and moved to LA after college to pursue writing. He worked on numerous projects as a writer in LA, which included co-writing the hit horror film, Parasite (1982) in 3-D, which starred Demi Moore; additionally, he is the author of 24 produced plays. 

Frank eventually decided to move back to the farm in order to be closer to family – as he adjusted to the simpler life of a small country farm, Frank has continued to write and create. Today, Frank is the author or co-author of nine books, including the national bestseller, Simple Living. He also wrote and directed the PBS series of the same name, which ran for four years with 1.6 million regular viewers.

“The Distance Between Us” is a tribute to Frank’s Quaker heritage and in memory of his courageous Quaker parents, Miriam and Sam Levering. The play is told in letters written between a Quaker mother who has moved to Ohio, and her daughter who remained in Southern Virginia.  “The Distance Between Us” stars Terri Ingalls – a longtime leading lady of local theatre – as the mother Charity; and poet / actress Juliana Caldwell as Maiden, her daughter. 

Terri has been involved in theatre for years – since she was an early teen. She earned a degree in Theatre from the University of South California, San Diego and has acted and taught theatre classes from California to North Carolina. With the Cherry Orchard Theatre, Terri has performed and directed plays for over 20 years including many original works. 

Juliana Caldwell has worked professionally as an actor, a playwright, and a stage manager. Caldwell is completing her first poetry collection, Echo Wants Her Voice Back, after earning an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. After attending several events at the Arts Place of Stokes, she is delighted to make her first appearance in this vibrant community center. 

The story is a turbulent, yet tender love story with a powerful theme of forgiveness. Frank “is delighted to be staging this tale of strong Quaker women with Terri and Juliana, down at the fantastic Stokes County Arts Council!”

The Distance Between Us has been rescheduled for a single show Sunday, April 26th at 3 pm. Dessert service begins at 2 pm. All previously purchased tickets to a Distance Between Us performance, as well as Winter Dessert Theatre season passes will be honored at the rescheduled show with no action necessary.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for SCAC members and seniors, and $5 for eighteen and under. Reserve tickets online at or call Stokes Arts at 336-593-8159.