A Thousand Ways is a 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 theatermakers, 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 several months, each distinct installment 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?
You and another person, seated at a table, separated by a pane of glass, a stack of cards between you. A new type of theater emerges.
In a time when our already-strained co-existences and interactions are further fractured and flattened by virtual gatherings, A THOUSAND WAYS (Part Two): An Encounter is your chance to reconsider what you think you know about a person– including yourself. This elucidating experience is the second installment in a triptych that explores the lines between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity. Everything we need is already here, just you and me.
A THOUSAND WAYS
by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Sami Pyne
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, USA. Original support for the production was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.
What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place for this event?
Face coverings are required throughout the duration of the event. The two audience members will be seated across from one another and separated by a clear partition. Hand-sanitizer units are placed throughout the building. There will be no physical contact between audience members or with staff. We will be sanitizing chairs and surfaces within the venues after every performance.
This experience is enacted by you and another audience member, seated across from one another the entire performance. You will need to be able to lean and reach from a seated position to a stack of cards approximately 3 feet in front of you. You will draw cards individually from a stack of 3.5" x 4.5" notecards and read what is written on them both out loud and to yourself, as directed. The cards are written in English in a 15-point typeface in black on a white background. Please call us at 8665429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like more information. We are happy to provide accommodations with at least one weeks’ notice and will do our best to meet any accommodation requests we receive within one week of the event.
Photograph: Maria Baranova