On a simple phone call, you and another audience member – nameless strangers to one another and follow a carefully crafted set of directives. Over the course of the journey, a portrait of each other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice.
A performance about communion, distance, and reconnection from one of the world’s most acclaimed nontraditional theater companies. Guided by a score of instructions, questions, prompts, and physical directives, people who have never met build a series of performances for one another. A Thousand Ways explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.
Performances by 600 HIGHWAYMEN can be attented without the Covid-19 certificate. A THOUSAND WAYS. Part I: A Phone Call can be experienced from home on the phone (in English).
Description of access: performance available to everyone from home via mobile phone. Distinctly audible performance.
This experience cannot take place without you.
This is an experience for two people – just you and another ticket holder. The other person is counting on your attendance. If you do not attend, the experience cannot take place.
How does it work?
24 hours before, we will send you a phone number to call at your scheduled performance time. Please call this number at your scheduled performance time.
Can I attend the experience with another member of my household?
This ticket is for one person only. Members of the same household must have their own ticket and separate devices to join the event.
Where should I call from?
Your place of current residence, in a quiet indoor space with a strong telephone signal, and by yourself.
What kind of phone do I need?
Any phone will work. All that matters is that it’s charged, cordless, and gets good reception.
Can I use headphones or speakerphone?
Corded headphones are fine. Bluetooth/wireless headphones are not recommended. Please do not use speakerphone.
I’m calling from another country, what should I do?
Please contact the box office firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll give you a local phone number.
What else do I need to know?
Due to the intimate nature of this experience, we cannot accommodate late arrivals.
Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) have been creating live theater that, through a variety of radical approaches, exposes the poignant inherence of people when they gather together. Their work is part theatre, part dance, and part contemporary performance and civic encounter. 600 HIGHWAYMEN has been called “the standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making,” by Le Monde, and “one of New York’s best non-traditional theater companies,” by the New Yorker. They won the Obie Award, Switzerland’s ZKB Prize, and were nominated twice for the Bessie Awards.
Written & created by: Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher
Part One design: Stanley Mathabane
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Cynthia J. Tong, Sami Pyne
Local Producer: Didzis Ruicēns, New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Photo: Maria Baranova
Supported by: Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
This production was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Festival Theaterformen, and The Public Theater, and was originally commissioned and co-conceived by Temple Contemporary at Temple University. Part One: A Phone Call was developed in partnership with On the Boards production and technical teams. Original support for the production was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.