Experience 600 Highwaymen’s “A Thousand Ways: An Assembly” at 2023 a2ru Conference

a2ru News, Performing Arts Centers

Aug 24, 2023

At this year’s a2ru conference, attendees will have a unique opportunity to experience and participate in  A THOUSAND WAYS: AN ASSEMBLY, one of the newest theatre works by acclaimed New York ensemble 600 Highwaymen. The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has reserved the Thursday, October 19 performance at 2:15pm exclusively for a2ru conference attendees.

The piece, written and created by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone with Andrew Kircher, is “a performance created by strangers. Using a carefully crafted, shared script, 16 audience members come together for one hour to construct an evocative story of perseverance. This timely and unique theatrical work brings people together in the creation of a moving live experience, with no audience present. A THOUSAND WAYS: AN ASSEMBLY explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.”

The New York Times called A Thousand Ways “Splendid. Funny and sweet and unexpectedly moving”, and “a work of inquisitive humanity and profound gentleness, which over the course of an hour buffs away the armor that lets us proceed through our days brusque, numb, and antagonistic.”

Sita Frederick, the Director of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, says, “A Thousand Ways is a unique, unexpected theatrical gathering created in real time with strangers and friends. We are excited to offer A2RU conference attendees a participatory arts experience that questions assumptions, opens possibilities and centers our humanity.”

$20 tickets to this performance will be reserved for a2ru conference attendees until September 19, when any remaining tickets will be made available to the public. 

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About 600 Highwaymen

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. The work exists at the intersection of theater, dance, contemporary performance, and civic encounter.

Their Obie Award-winning works have been seen in the U.S. at The Public Theater, American Repertory Theater, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Kimmel Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Luminato Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, On The Boards, Spoleto Festival, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Woolly Mammoth, and internationally at Centre Pompidou and Parc de la Villette (France), Dublin Theatre Festival (Ireland), Theaterformen (Germany), Noorderzon (The Netherlands), Theaterspektakel (Switzerland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Bristol Old Vic (UK), OzAsia Festival (Australia), Salzburg Festival (Austria), and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE).

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