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A Thousand Ways (Part One: A Phone Call)

by 600 Highwaymen
written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone

Credit: Maria Baranova


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).

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 theatre have created a quietly radical response to this new world with A Thousand Ways.

Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Sami Pyne
Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher
Part One: A Phone Call Sound Design: Stanley Mathabane

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.

'Quietly shaking up American theatre since 2009.'  The Guardian

'One of New York's best nontraditional companies.'  The New Yorker

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Credit: Maria Baranova


Credit: Maria Baranova


Credit: Maria Baranova

Important information for A Thousand Ways (Part One: A Phone Call)

This experience cannot take place without you.

This is an experience for two people – just you and another ticket holder. The other person is counting on your attendance. If you do not attend, the experience cannot take place.

How does it work?

24 hours before, we will send you a phone number to call at your scheduled performance time. Please call this number at your scheduled performance time.

Can I attend the experience with another member of my household?

Each ticket is 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 place of current residence, in a quiet indoor space with a strong telephone signal, and by yourself.

What kind of phone do I need?

Any phone will work. All that matters is that it’s charged, cordless, and gets good reception.

Can I use headphones or speakerphone?

Corded headphones are fine. Bluetooth/wireless headphones are not recommended. Please do not use speakerphone.

I’m calling from another country, what should I do?

After you book your ticket, please contact our box office by emailing tickets@freedomfestival.co.uk, and we’ll give you a local phone number.

What else do I need to know?

Due to the intimate nature of this experience, we cannot accommodate late arrivals.

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