“Just when you thought you might be getting a little cynical about the theater…think about 600 HIGHWAYMEN. – The New Yorker
“The standard-bearers of contemporary theater-makingLe Monde
“Simple but sublime…the show alerts us to the awesome strangeness, ands the utter ordinariness, too, of being alive in the here and now.The New York Times

600 HIGHWAYMEN

600 HIGHWAYMEN (moniker for artists Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone) constructs expansive performances that illuminate the inherent poignancy and theatricality of people together ­— exploring a radical approach to making live art, and constructing events that create intimacy among strangers. Developed using creative methods ranging from the mainstream to the peculiar, their work is a rigorously tuned investigation of presence and humanity — not only in performance, but in process and aftermath.

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Manmade Earth (Premiering Fall 2019)

Manmade Earth, a work created with eight young adults (all residents of the city of Buffalo, NY, and all born in different cities around the globe). Combining 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s arresting, theatrical style with a large-scale physical installation built live and in collaboration with the audience, Manmade Earth intimately investigates permanence, stability, bravery, and endurance.

Stage: Blackbox
Capacity: 100-250
Traveling Personnel: 10
Running time: 80 minutes


The Fever (premiere 2017)

The Fever tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another. Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, The Fever examines how we assemble, organize and care for the bodies around us. Who will you be when our eyes are on you? What will we see when we all look your way?

Stage: Blackbox
Capacity: 60-85
Traveling Personnel: 7
Running time: 70 minutes
Language: English
Performance space: 40′ x 27′ min.
Freight: Minimal


The Record

45 strangers come together for 61 minutes to show us who they are, and who they could be. Part theater, part dance, part group hallucination – vivid human assembly on an epic scale. The subject is us; the time is now.

Created in phases of collaboration with local cast and presenter.

Stage: Proscenium
Capacity: 100-500
Traveling Personnel: 7
Running time: 60 minutes
Language: n/a
Freight: Minimal


Employee of the Year

Five young girls perform one woman’s journey, from beginning to end. Intimate and arresting, Employee of the Year asks what it is to discover your own path and find your own way in life. With original songs by Obie Award-winner David Cale.

Stage: Proscenium
Capacity: 100-600
Traveling Personnel: 11
Running time: 75 minutes
Language: English
Freight: Minimal

calendar

The Fever

February 8-9, 2019 | Williams College ’62 Center for Theater and Dance CenterStage | Williamstown, MA
Feb 28 – March 2, 2019 | Wesleyan University Center for the Arts | Wesleyan, CT
March 22-23, 2019 | Portland Ovations | Portland, ME
April 11-21, 2019, Democracy Is Coming! Onassis USA with The Public Theater, New York, NY
June 4-9, 2019, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC

Manmade Earth

July 20-21, 2019, Lumberyard (Manmade Earth Workshop), Catskill, NYSept. 13-15, 2019, Crossing the Line Festival @ Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY