SOLD OUT: A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter


March 8 — April 24, 2022 |
In-person Event

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, a simple exercise of working together becomes an experience of profound connection with another person. This presentation will be running March 8 – April 24, 2022, and will be in-person at UMMA.

Tickets are $10 for general audiences and $5 for students. Each part is a self-contained, complete artistic experience. It is not essential to do both parts or to participate in Part One before Part Two to enjoy the shows.

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.

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.

A work of inquisitive humanity and profound gentleness

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

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.



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 another member of my household?

The experience is for two people who do not know each other.

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.



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