Mar 4 - 14, 2021

TICKETS On the Boards

Illustrations by: Cass Sachs-Michaels ( @okcass


MARCH 4 -14

“A Thousand Ways” quenches a pandemic-specific thirst: fresh intimacy with unfamiliar faces and voices"  -  Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times

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.

Please note this is an in-person experience taking place at the On the Boards (100 West Roy Street).

We ask that all patrons wear a mask during their entire visit.  Although this is a private experience between you and a stranger, you will not be in physical contact in any way and there will be a glass partition between the both of you the entire time.

"Follows the arc of the pandemic and our response to it." - Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times



This experience is for you and another audience member. It cannot take place without your presence, don't leave your person hanging! 

  • Is this show a phone call? 

No. This is part of a triptych of pieces that includes the phone performance, but this show takes place live and in-person in Seattle, WA at On the Boards (100 West Roy) 

  • What COVID safety measures will On the Boards take for this event? 

Only two patrons are in the theater at any given time, separated by a pane of plexiglass. Although this is a private experience between you and a stranger, you will not be in physical contact in any way and there will be a glass partition between the both of you the entire time. The performance space is thoroughly cleaned between showtimes, and props are sanitized and never shared. 

All patrons must wear a mask during their entire visit. If you don’t bring one, one will be provided to you when you arrive. All staff will be wearing masks. Upon entering the building an OtB staff member will take your temperature and confirm that you are wearing a mask. You will be asked to sign a log acknowledging these building agreements

Please stay home if you are sick. 

  • What is the running time? 

The show is approximately 60 minutes long. 

Yes! Although an audience member will get the most out of the journey if they experience the full triptych, we are happy to have new patrons come for An Encounter even if they’ve missed Part One: A Phone Call. If you are interested in experiencing Part One: A Phone Call you can also check out the 600 HIGHWAYMEN website to purchase a ticket from another presenter.  

  • Can I attend with a friend or family member? 

You may buy two tickets, but each of you will then be paired with a stranger for the performance. 

  • Is there an age restriction for A Thousand Ways? 

The show works best for those 16 years old and older. 

  • Is there anything else I need to know? 

This performance cannot happen on its own. Not only does the other person need you, but the entire performance needs you. Please mark your calendar! 





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. 



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 )