“[600 HIGHWAYMEN is] one of New York’s best nontraditional theater companies” – The New Yorker
Since 2009 Michael Silverstone and Abigail Browde, working under the moniker 600 HIGHWAYMEN, have created a body of work that explores the relationship between spectator and performer. Though the processes are varied, each project revolves around the same idea—what occurs in the encounter between people. They operate at an intersection of social practice, civic event, and theater.
A Thousand Ways is a three-part work of theater that was conceived and created to arc across Covid-19 distancing—Part I is a phone conversation, Part II is a socially-distanced encounter and Part III is a public convening once it’s safe to do so. In each part, you are both the actor and the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools.
With just two people, a telephone, a table, and a stack of cards, a new type of theater emerges—one in which the most intimate assembly can be profoundly radical.
A phone call. One hour. Two strangers. An unexpected journey.
Part II: A meeting. Two individuals, face to face. A fleeting connection.
Part III: A congregation. All of us. A shared score. A new beginning.
This production was produced by ArKtype and 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.