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17 Border Crossings


The history of passports, smuggling fried chicken into other countries, and the peculiarities of airline security is all covered in this miraculous, one-man saga of how the mundane details that govern global travel become the actual journey.

From the producers: With a chair, table, and bar of lights, visionary theatre maker and NYTW Usual Suspect Thaddeus Phillips magically conjures barricaded Venezuelan bridges, a rusty Croatian ferry, perilous international flights, obscure Amazonian ports, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, deportations, strip searches, illegal crossings, arbitrary passports and curious customs. Based on Phillips’ actual adventures, "17 Border Crossings" is a harrowing, comical, visually surreal and engrossing look at the imaginary lines that divide up the world and the very real barriers they create.

Theatre director, stage designer, and actor Thaddeus Phillips is known for his stage productions "Red-eye to Havre De Grace," "Flamingo/Winnebago," "Lost Soles," and "¡El conquistador!," for which he was nominated for Drama League and Lucille Lortel awards. His stage work has been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Barrow Street Theatre, HERE Arts Center and La MaMa ETC, as well as in Spain, England, Ireland, Holland, Serbia, Mexico, Slovenia, Colombia, Costa Rica & Italy. Phillips' work applies visually inventive theatre techniques, crossing stylistic boundaries using minimal stage design to create shifting scenes and cinematic images.

"17 Border Crossings" marks Phillips’ third collaboration with NYTW, following "¡El Conquistador!" in 2006 and "Red Eye to Havre de Grace" in 2014. Tatiana Mallarino directs.

What's New York Theatre Workshop? NYTW is one of the more adventurous subscription theaters in the city. Located in the heart of the East Village, it presents a healthy mix of internationally-inflected and avant-garde work, most of which is developed in-house, with a few shows brought in whole-hog. Successful productions range from the premiere of "Rent" in 1996 to the 2012 Tony-winning musical "Once." More here.






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