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

A Project For Strangers — UMMA and A2SF Present A THOUSAND WAYS (Part One): A Phone Call by 600 Highwaymen

Part one of a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience

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

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

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. 

This is an invitation. Will you attend?

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. Over the course of the journey, a portrait of each other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice. Learn more by reading these Frequently Asked Questions.

July 13–18
various times

Location: Wherever you are
$10 ($5 for students)
For ages 16+


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A Thousand Ways by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone

Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Cynthia J. Tong
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. 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.

Theater in Quarantine

In addition, UMMA will cosponsor the premier of a new A2SF-commissioned work from the New-York based Theater in Quarantine, a performance laboratory dedicated to the exploration of the live theatrical experience in the digital space. Developed in response to the pandemic by Founder/Co-Creative Director Joshua William Gelb and Co-Creative Director Katie Rose McLaughlin, TiQ has created and live-streamed over 25 new, original works of performance. 

A2SF is commissioning an original piece that will premiere on Youtube on June 21 at 7 & 9 pm EST. The company will perform live along with a local musician simultaneously live-streaming from UMMA, who is partnering with A2SF on the presentation. 

Learn more here


Frequently Asked Questions for A THOUSAND WAYS:


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, 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.

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

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