“[600 HIGHWAYMEN is] one of New York’s best nontraditional theater companies” – The New Yorker
Part One: A Phone Call – 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 as you follow the recorded instructions, a portrait of your partner will emerge through fleeting moments of exposure.
Part Two: An Encounter – Nested at the center of an empty space is a small table bisected by glass. You sit at the table, opposite a stranger, with a stack of index cards, a handful of objects, and a set of instructions to guide you. What will come from this? It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up.
Part Three: An Assembly – 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.
This production was 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. A Phone Call (Part One) 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.
Photo by Maria Baranova