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A THOUSAND WAYS (PART ONE): A PHONE CALL

A THOUSAND WAYS (PART ONE): A PHONE CALL

May 20 - May 22, 2021

A THOUSAND WAYS (PART ONE): A PHONE CALL
By 600 HIGHWAYMEN

Written and created by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher
Line Producer: Cynthia J. Tong

Pick up the phone. Someone is on the line. You don’t know their name, and you still won’t when the hour is over, but through this exchange – as you follow a thread of automated prompts – a portrait of your partner will emerge through fleeting moments of exposure. A THOUSAND WAYS “takes a simple premise and turns it into magic” (The New Yorker).

Taking place around the world, A THOUSAND WAYS explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.

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. 

Continue your journey with 600 HIGHWAYMEN with PART TWO: AN ENCOUNTERLearn more here.

May 20 - May 22, 2021

PRODUCTION DETAILS.

This experience is for you and another audience member. It cannot take place without your presence.

How does it work?

Twenty-four hours before, we will send you a phone number to call at your scheduled event time. Another audience member will do the same. You will be met by a voice that will guide the two of you.

Can I participate in this performance with another member of my household?
Tickets are 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 current place of residence, in a quiet indoor space with a strong telephone signal.

What kind of phone do I need?
Any phone will work! All that matters is that it’s charged, cordless, and ready to go. 

Can I use headphones to take the call?
Headphone, yes. Speakerphone, no.

I’m calling from another country, what should I do?
Our staff will assist you in obtaining a local number. In addition, all calls are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time.

What else do I need to know?
Due to the intimate nature of this experience, we cannot accommodate late arrivals.

Running Time: 1 hour

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. 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.

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Credits.

Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Writers & Creators
Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Executive Producer
Andrew Kircher
Dramaturg & Project Design
Cynthia J. Tong
Line Producer
Stanley Mathabane
PART ONE: A PHONE CALL Sound Design
Teri-Ann Carryl, Alex Harding, Olivia Edery, Oona Kilcommons, R. Christopher Maxwell, Kelindah Bee Schuster, Ian Thake
Production Team