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CPA Series


A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter
October 1–17, 2021
Various times

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

Obie Award-winning theatermakers 600 HIGHWAYMEN return to Carolina Performing Arts for A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter after a sold-out run of Part One: A Phone Call this spring.

An exhilarating experience that challenges the very definition of theater, A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Taking place over several months, each distinct installment presents a new chance at making contact with a stranger. In Part Two: An Encounter, you’ll meet someone face-to-face for an illuminating experience guided by written prompts.

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

You need no training.

You are the expert.


Patron Testimonials

“My heart is full. This is the art we need right now.

“It was pure poetry, synchronicity, and magic. It reinstated my faith in the power and beauty of the image world. It has stayed with me for days and remains the most powerful theatrical event I have had since [quarantine].”

“A unique, touching, and deeply intimate experience. I found myself moved in ways I could not have anticipated.”

How to Participate

Tickets are required for Part Two: An Encounter. To participate: choose your preferred date and time, register for a ticket, and mark it on your calendar.

At your ticketed day and time, you’ll meet your partner, a stranger to you, at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio. You won’t know who they are before the event, but through this exchange —as you follow a thread of written prompts—a portrait of your partner will emerge. Check out the A Thousand Ways FAQ for more details.

In early 2022, you’ll be invited to join us for the final installment of A Thousand Ways, a gathering of all participants. All phases of this project are ticketed separately.

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 general FAQ page.

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

Read More about Parts two and three

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.


Open to participants from participants from A Phone Call, An Encounter, and new participants.
A public convening made up of you and every stranger from this project’s journey. Using a shared script, all of us who have previously met across distance come together for a final collective experience. This final installment is a chance to feel the power and complexities of group assembly. Register 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. 

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

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.

Photo credits: Maria Baranova

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