This spring, New York Theatre Workshop will present 17 Border Crossings, created and performed by Thaddeus Phillips (A Billion Nights on Earth), and directed by Tatiana Mallarino (Red Eye to Havre de Grace). It replaces the previously announced production of Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok's Sanctuary City, which will be postponed until the 2019-20 season due to creative team scheduling conflicts. Performances of 17 Border Crossings will begin April 11 ahead of an April 15 opening and will run through May 12.
The production is described as follows: "17 Border Crossings begins with a man at a desk on an empty stage and ends up everywhere but, taking audiences on a trip around the world via Phillips's effortlessly fluent storytelling. A chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries in this engrossing look at the imaginary lines that divide up the world and the very real barriers they create."
This will be Thaddeus Phillips's third collaboration with NYTW, following ¡El Conquistador! in 2006 and Red Eye to Havre de Grace in 2014.