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Jul 16


Tickets on sale now. $10 / $5 for students with the code STUDENTATW.
For ages 16+

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.

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 theater makers, 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 the Frequently Asked Questions below.

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

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, 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.

$10 / $5 for students with the code STUDENTATW
For ages 16+

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

Michigan Radio is the Exclusive Media Partner of "A Thousand Ways: Part 1 (A Phone Call)"