JAN 24 - 25, 2020

Created by Thaddeus Phillips 

“Phillips is a fluid, shifting storyteller, something of a conjurer. As a piece of performance it is technically brilliant, dizzyingly so.” — The Stage

17 Border Crossings

"Delightful, witty, gently erudite and humane.” — The Times, London

The Broad Stage - Main Stage


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Climb aboard a communist-era train from Prague to Belgrade, smuggle KFC out of Egypt, hide away in the wheel well of a transatlantic jet and bolt across the border from Mexico to the U.S. in the dead of night. These are but a few of the border crossings on the itinerary in this dazzling trip around the world with award-winning theatre director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips. Using lighting, shadows, humor and his magnetic charm, Phillips weaves a witty, enlightening and surreal examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs.

Program notes available here.

There will be American Sign Language interpretation at the 7:30 PM performance of 17 Border Crossings on Jan 25.

The New Yorker Gives Glowing Review of Thaddeus Phillips’ 17 Border Crossings

The New Yorker praises 17 Border Crossings' imagination and social justice message that we are all inherently "alien". Read about Thaddeus Phillips' ability to argue “...The artificiality and the fundamental arbitrariness of national boundaries" here

American Theatre Acclaims Thaddeus Phillips’ Achievements and Magnetic Stage Presence

American Theatre describes Thaddeus Phillips’ extensive history as a theatre performer and auteur. Read about how he found his passion and greatest inspiration here.

Spotlight Talk with Pervis Sawoski starting at 7:00 PM. Learn more here.

Theatre at The Broad Stage made possible in part by generous gifts from Bill & Laurie Benenson and Susan Stockel.

17 Border Crossings is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by The Painted Bride Arts Center in partnership with The MAP and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency.) For more information:; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation & The Wyncote Foundation.


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