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CPA Series


A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly
CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
January 21–23, 2022
Various times

General admission tickets available for $15. UNC Student discount not available for this event.

The third and final installment of the triptych by Obie Award-winning theatermakers 600 HIGHWAYMEN, A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly is a revival of collective assembly. A performance enacted entirely by the attending audience, this is an invitation to feel what it’s like to experience common space again, and how to come together in a new way.

Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools.

You need no training.

You are the expert.

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Praise for A Thousand Ways

“A work of inquisitive humanity and profound gentleness” – New York Times

A Thousand Ways quenches a pandemic-specific thirst: fresh intimacy with unfamiliar faces and voices. It demonstrates that, if we can sharpen our attention, there’s no such thing as small talk.”Seattle Times

“Represents truly adventurous, assumption-busting thinking about what theater is and what it can be.” – SF Chronicle

How to Participate

Tickets are required for Part Three: An Assembly. All phases of this project are ticketed separately.

Just like Parts One and Two, you will be creating a theatrical experience with the other audience members in attendance at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio. There will be a shared script, guiding you with what to say and do. Nothing is difficult or too challenging, and you do not need to prepare or know anything in advance.

Recommended for ages 16 and up. Run time approximately 60 minutes. Masks required at all times while inside CPA venues during the 21/22 season. For additional health and safety information and more, visit our FAQ page.

If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact us.

Read More about Parts ONE AND twO

PART ONE: A PHONE CALL (March, 2021) 

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.

PART TWO: AN ENCOUNTER (October, 2021) 

Open to participants from A Phone Call and new participants. 
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. Register for Part 2 now.


Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde and 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. Though the processes are varied, each project revolves around the same curiosity: what occurs in the live encounter between people. Their production The Fever was part of the inaugural season of CPA’s CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio in spring 2017.

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600 HIGHWAYMEN has been called the “the standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making” by Le Monde, and “one of New York’s best nontraditional theater companies” by the New Yorker. They have received commissions from The Public Theater, Temple Contemporary, Salzburg Festival, and Festival Theaterformen. They are recipients of an Obie Award and Switzerland’s ZKB Patronize Prize, and nominees for Austria’s Nestroy Prize, the prestigious Alpert Award and NYC’s Bessie Award. In 2016, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts. 

Written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Line Producer: Sami Pyne
Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher

This production was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Festival Theaterformen, and The Public Theater. Part Three was supported by residency partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Green Box Artsand 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.

Photo credits: Maria Baranova

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