A Project For Strangers — UMMA and A2SF Present A THOUSAND WAYS

Two New Events, Two Powerful Experiences from UMMA and A2SF

A Thousand Ways Returning to Ann Arbor following a captivating July run.

(Part Two): An Encounter | March 8 - April 24, 2022

Two people sitting at a table with a glass partition between them each weary masking and there is a space to pass notes. It is an animation image with text that says, "This is a Thousand Ways an experience for two strangers a new way to come together to see each other we are closer than we think."

Illustrations: Cass Sachs-Michaels (@ok.cass)

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival and UMMA present 600 Highwaymen’s A THOUSAND WAYS, a multi-part work that offers enthralling social interactions that deliver us from isolation and toward togetherness.

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.


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A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter
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. 

March 8 - April 24, 2022
Various Times

Illustrations: Cass Sachs-Michaels (@ok.cass)

A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call 
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 experience is conducted entirely over the participant’s phone.

This experinece has passed. 
Nov 9 - 14, 2021 

Illustrations: Cass Sachs-Michaels (@ok.cass)

These are separate, independent experiences. Audiences can participate in Part One and Part Two separately. There is no need to do both parts or to participate in Part One before Part Two.


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
Part One: A Phone Call Sound Design: Stanley Mathabane
Illustrations: Cass Sachs-Michaels (@ok.cass)

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.

A Thousand Ways is co-presented with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF).

A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call is co-presented with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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