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A THOUSAND WAYS (Part Two): An Encounter

Thu, September 16th, 2021
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A THOUSAND WAYS (Part Two): An Encounter

A THOUSAND WAYS (Part Two): An Encounter
the second in a three-part project by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

A Thousand Ways quenches a pandemic-specific thirst: fresh intimacy with unfamiliar faces and voices. It demonstrates that,
if we can sharpen our attention, there’s no such thing as small talk.” – Seattle Times

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 notecards and a set of instructions to guide you. What will come from this private piece of theater? It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up.

Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone) have been making live art that, through a variety of radical approaches, illuminates the inherent poignancy of people coming together. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Browde & Silverstone developed A Thousand Ways, a triptych of encounters between strangers. Guided by a score of instructions, questions, prompts, and physical directives, people who have never met build a series of performances for one another. Each installment of A Thousand Ways explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PART 2: THE 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 clear partition. Hand-sanitizer units are placed throughout the building. There will be no physical contact between audience members or with staff. We will be sanitizing chairs and surfaces within the venues after every performance.

Can I participate in this performance with a friend or someone I know?
This ticket is for one person only. If you purchased more than one ticket as part of your order, your party will be split up so that you and the other person on your order will experience the performance in different locations at the ’62 Center.

What if I did not attend Part One?
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.

ACCESSIBILITY

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″ 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 x2783 or email CLB3@williams.edu if you have any questions or would like more information. We are happy to provide accommodations with at least one days’ notice and will do our best to meet any accommodation requests.

A THOUSAND WAYS by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone

Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Sami Pyne
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, USA. Original support for the production was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.

About 600 HIGHWAYMEN

Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) have been making live art that, through a variety of radical approaches illuminate the inherent poignancy of people coming together. The work exists at the intersection of theater, dance, contemporary performance, and civic encounter. Though the processes are varied, each project revolves around the same curiosity: what occurs in the live encounter between people.

600 HIGHWAYMEN has been called the “the standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making” by Le Monde, and “one of New York’s best nontraditional theater companies” by The New Yorker. They have received commissions from The Public Theater, Temple Contemporary, Salzburg Festival, and Festival Theaterformen. They are recipients of an Obie Award and Switzerland’s ZKB Patronage Prize, and nominees for Austria’s Nestroy Prize, the prestigious Alpert Award and NYC’s Bessie Award. In 2016, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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