A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call


November 9 — 14, 2021

On a simple phone call, you and another audience member – nameless strangers to one another – follow a carefully crafted set of directives. Throughout the journey, a portrait of each other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice.

This presentation runs each evening from November 9 – 14, 2021, at various times. This experience is conducted entirely over the participant’s phone.

Tickets will be going on sale on Monday, October 4, 2021 for A2SF and UMMA donors and U-M students and on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 for the general public.

Learn more by reading the Frequently Asked Questions below.

This is an invitation. Will you attend?

A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. You need no training. You are the expert. This presentation follows this past summer’s successful July run.

Obie Award-winning theatermakers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, known for exhilarating performances that challenge the very definition of theater, have created a quietly radical response to this new world with A Thousand Ways. It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up.

Simple but sublime…the show alerts us to the awesome strangeness, and the utter ordinariness, too, of being alive in the here and now.

The New York Times


written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Sami Pyne
Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher
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.



Due to the unique nature of this performance, please read all the important information below before purchasing tickets.

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?

This 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 speakerphones.

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

Please reach out to the box office at thousandways@a2sf.org, 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.

Total runtime: 45–60 minutes. Recommended for ages 16 and up.



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