A THOUSAND WAYS BY 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Photo by Maria Baranova ( @photo_by_baranova )
“Takes a simple premise and turns it into magic” - The New Yorker
FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ACCLAIMED THEATER COMPANIES, A PERFORMANCE IN THREE PARTS ABOUT COMMUNION, DISTANCE, AND RECONNECTION.
A THOUSAND WAYS
by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Analog tools for coexistence
A THOUSAND WAYS is a three-part performance in which your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. With two people, a telephone, a table, and a stack of cards, a new type of performance emerges. Everything we need is already here, just you and me.
Obie Award-winning theater-makers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, known for exhilarating performances that challenge the very definition of theater, have created a quietly radical response to this new world with A THOUSAND WAYS. Taking place over the next year, this three-part performance is designed in response to social distancing rules that deliver us from isolation to congregation. Each distinct installment meets participants where they are.
This is an invitation. Will you attend?
A THOUSAND WAYS ( @athousand.ways )
600 HIGHWAYMEN ( @600highwaymen )
click links below to learn more about each part of the journey
PART ONE: A PHONE CALL
Dates: February 4 -14, 2021
On a simple phone call, you and another audience member – nameless strangers to one another – 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.
PART TWO: AN ENCOUNTER
Dates: March 4-14, 2021
The journey from isolation to congregation will take time, patience, and flexibility. On the Boards plans to produce a remount of this in-person performance for two but given the ever-changing nature of pandemic protocol we are not yet prepared to sell tickets at this time.
PART THREE: AN ASSEMBLY
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED IN 2021
When we are ready, when it is safe, we will be together again. All of us who have met across phone lines and through glass panes will come together for the final act of this experience, co-created by all of us. It will feel new, and a bit scary, but that’s ok.
A NOTE FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, RACHEL COOK
600 Highwaymen have been on my mind as a curator for a number of years now. At the time we began speaking they were working on The Fever (2017), a performance that is built around the dependence of audience and performers. The question of how do we gather and assemble as a group of artists/performers and audience members is continuously part of the core of their work. I’ve been thinking about what it means to belong, what is the difference between collective gestures and collaborative actions. I am thrilled for On the Boards to be hosting the world premiere of A Thousand Ways. I love the idea of spending the next year, to possible longer engaged in the ideas of communication, distance, and reconnection.
This piece speaks softly and radically to the current times. In performance movements, gestures, and choreography are part of the artistic and curatorial lens that we make decisions and thinking about artistic practice in communities, what can we learn from these new gesture artists are working from where the audience’s movement is intrinsically and uniquely part of the work?
Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Cynthia J. Tong
Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher
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.
ABOUT 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) have been making live art that, through a variety of radical approaches, illuminates 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.
Promotional photos by Maria Baranova ( @photo_by_baranova )
Illustrations by Cass Sachs-Michaels ( @okcass )