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17 Border Crossings

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17 Border Crossings

Take a Trip with Thaddeus Phillips and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental in 17 Border Crossings

Presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater

A seasoned world traveler and wildly inventive artist, Thaddeus Phillips embarks on new territory, stripping the stage bare to create a deceptively simple stage voyage that takes audiences to the frontiers of Tunisia, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Slovenia, and Mexico. The performance style uses the Spalding Gray platform as a launching pad to create 17 action-based monologues that draw inspiration from stand-up comedy, the films of Kustarica, the floor shows of the Tropicana in Havana, musicals about Austria, cheap magic, Native myths of the Arizona desert, and Chilli Relleno recipes.

Collected over 15 years of international travel, 17 Border Crossings weaves together real adventures of international border crossings into a dramatic examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs. It explores a world opened up by the fall of the Berlin Wall, sealed off by the events of 9/11, and reimagined after the protest of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit vendor who, said ‘enough is enough’ and thus started the revolutions that became known as the Arab Spring.

He ramps his performances up with physical movement, acting, a plethora of authentic-sounding accents in any language he affects, and ingenious stagecraft that includes lighting, the latest high-tech gadgetry and the oldest low-tech slight-of-hand.
– Jackson Dance & Theatre

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17 Border Crossings
by Thaddeus Phillips/Lucidity Suitcase Interncontinental

Friday & Saturday, September 27–28 :: 8 PM (Doors & drinks at 7 PM)
Kelly Strayhorn Theater 

  • $20 General
  • $15 15206 Resident
  • $10 Student/Artist
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