Premiere New York Premiere
Country of Origin France
Description Theater director, designer and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips makes his BAM debut with 17 Border Crossings, a new theatrical work that takes audiences to the frontiers of Egypt, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Morocco, Colombia, Austria, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, and Mexico. A deceptively simple solo work, 17 Border Crossings weaves these wanderlust tales into a dramatic, visual, and surreal examination of imaginary boundaries, arbitrary passports, and curious customs using only minimal means to transform the stage to global airports, jungle huts, holding cells, and even the Austrian Alps.
From the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to a worse-for-wear Soviet-era train traveling from Prague to Belgrade, a chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle Airport, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries. Drawing from monologue and stand-up comedy elements, this world circumvention via storytelling starts with a man at a desk on an empty stage and ends up everywhere but.