UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call, by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, on Sunday, December 6 & 13, 2020, and Sunday, January 24, 2021, at various times PST. Tickets are $25 per person and available for purchase once a time slot is RSVP’d: https://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/600highwaymen
The experimental A Thousand Ways by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, which will ultimately comprise three parts, plumbs the essence of theater—bringing people together in the creation of a moving live experience—to counteract social isolation exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Part One: A Phone Call, two audience members—nameless strangers to one another—follow a carefully crafted set of directives, revealing things about themselves and their lives. Over the course of the hourlong journey, a portrait of the other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice.
CAP UCLA will also present the in-person A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter and A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. Dates for Part Two and Part Three will be announced in 2021. In Part Two: An Encounter, a small table bisected by glass is nested at the center of empty space. Two audience members—a separate pairing from the one in Part One: A Phone Call—sit at the table, opposite one another, with a stack of index cards, a handful of objects and a set of instructions to guide them. What will come from this? It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up. The not-yet-created Part Three: An Assembly will be a public convening made up of participants in the work’s first two parts. Using a shared script, they will come together for a final collective experience.