“The standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making” —Le Monde
This new, multipart work by acclaimed New York–based theater company 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) offers enthralling social interactions that deliver us from isolation to togetherness. Guided by a score of instructions, questions, and prompts, people who have never met build performances for one another. The resulting experiences explore the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity.
Part Two: An Encounter
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, an exercise of working together becomes an invitation to expand how you imagine one another.
Due to the unique nature of this performance, please read all the important information below before purchasing tickets.
Tickets for Part Two: An Encounter will go on sale March 18 at 11 am (CDT).
Details about Part One: A Phone Call are available here.
Important Information for Part Two: An Encounter
Because this experience is for you and one other audience member, it cannot take place without your presence.
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 piece of glass. Physical distancing protocols will be adhered to at all times and hand-sanitizer units are placed throughout the building. The Walker has enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day and evening. We will be sanitizing chairs and surfaces within the venues after every performance using electrostatic sprayers.
Can I participate in this performance with another member of my household?
The experience is for two people who do not know each other.
What if I can only attend Part One or Part Two, but not both?
Each part is a self-contained, complete artistic experience. Feel free to attend Part Two if you didn’t have a chance to attend Part One.
What will I be doing?
You’ll be sitting across from someone, reading (sometimes aloud and sometimes in silence) from a stack of notecards. Sometimes you’ll be given things to say or small tasks to do. You and the person across from you will stay seated at the table the entire time.
What else do I need to know?
Due to the intimate nature of this experience, we cannot accommodate late arrivals.
Total runtime: 45–60 minutes. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
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 inch 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 612-375-7564 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 two weeks’ notice and will do our best to meet any accommodation requests we receive within two weeks of the event.
Refund and Exchange Policy
If you are sick, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call the box office at 612-375-7600 or email email@example.com. You can choose one of the following options:
Exchange your tickets to another performance
Hold the value of your tickets on your account for future use
Donate the value of your tickets for future Performing Arts programming
Receive a refund
A THOUSAND WAYS
by 600 Highwaymen
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.