A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. You need no training. You are the expert.
Obie Award-winning theatremakers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, known for exhilarating performances that challenge the very definition of theatre, have created a quietly radical response to this new world with A Thousand Ways. Taking place over several months, each distinct instalment presents a new chance at making contact with a stranger. It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up.
This is an invitation. Will you attend?
Illustration by Cass Sachs-Michael
PART 1: A PHONE CALL
5 – 22 Nov 2020
You and another audience member – both strangers – call into a shared phone line and are met by a narrator’s voice. Guided by a carefully crafted set of directives, an exploration begins.
Part 1: A Phone Call is a one-hour experience for two people calling from their homes. You will need a fully charged phone to participate in this performance. Log-in details will be emailed to you at least 3 hours before the performance.
PART 2: AN ENCOUNTER
2021 dates to be announced soon
You and a stranger meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass. Using a script and a few simple objects, a simple exercise of working together becomes an experience of profound connection with another person.
PART 3: AN ASSEMBLY
2021 dates to be announced soon
A public convening made up of you and every stranger from the project’s journey. Together we follow a shared score. This final instalment is a chance to feel the power and complexities of group assembly.
“Just when you thought you might be getting a little cynical about the theater...think about 600 HIGHWAYMEN.” – The New Yorker
“The standard-bearers of contemporary theatre-making”– Le Monde
“Simple but sublime...the show alerts us to the awesome strangeness, and the utter ordinariness, too, of being alive in the here and now.”– The New York Times
“This is theatre for lean times ... experimental performance built to preserve and nurture a humane seed of communal cohesion for such time in the not-so-distant future when it will be most needed” - MCA Magazine
ABOUT 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) have been making live art that, through a variety of radical approaches illuminate the inherent poignancy of people coming together. The work exists at the intersection of theater, dance, contemporary performance, and civic encounter. Though the processes are varied, each project revolves around the same curiosity: what occurs in the live encounter between people.
600 HIGHWAYMEN has been called the “the standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making” by Le Monde, and “one of New York’s best nontraditional theater companies” by The New Yorker. They have received commissions from The Public Theater, Temple Contemporary, Salzburg Festival, and Festival Theaterformen. They are recipients of an Obie Award and Switzerland’s ZKB Patronize Prize, and nominees for Austria’s Nestroy Prize, the prestigious Alpert Award and NYC’s Bessie Award. In 2016, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
A THOUSAND WAYS by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtypeLine
Producer: Cynthia J. Tong
Creative Consultant & Dramaturg: Andrew KircherPart
One Sound Design: Stanley Mathabane
This production was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Festival Theaterformen, and was originally commissioned and co-conceived by Temple Contemporary at Temple University, USA. Original support for the production was provided by The Pew Center for Arts &Heritage, Philadelphia.