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A2SF & UMMA present, “A Thousand Ways” this November

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival and University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is bringing back 600 Highwaymen’s A Thousand Ways. The show is a two-part performance that makes each audience member an actor themselves. The words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are tools to become an expert of the show. A multi-park work that offers captivating social interactions as we leave isolation and head towards togetherness, A Thousand Ways is sure to bring a challenge to the definition of theater. 

Part 1 of the performance, A Thousand Way (Part One): A Phone Call, will be taking place in November. This will involve a simple phone call between you and another audience member, a complete stranger, following a carefully crafted set of directives. Throughout the performance, a portrait of each other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice. The experience is conducted entirely over the participant’s phone. 

Part 2 of the performance, A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter, will take place in March and April of 2022. This section involves the audience members and a stranger to meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass. By using a script and a few simple props, a simple exercise of working together becomes an experience of profound connection with the other person. 

This groundbreaking theatrical show completely breaks the fourth wall; in fact, it requires that wall to be broken and to be heavily interacted with. Part 1 of the show will take place on November 9-14. Tickets are now available to the public. Students can buy tickets for $5 and general public tickets are $10. Ticket holders will call strangers from their own homes, following a set of directives. Further information will be given after purchasing your ticket.

For any questions regarding tickets or general questions, read out to the box office at

To read more about the show and to buy tickets, visit

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