600 HIGHWAYMEN | The Fever
The audience in the leading role
600 HIGHWAYMEN has become a Noorderzon mainstay because the group guarantees remarkable theatre in seek of authenticity on stage. Previously the New York theatre makers Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone brought 45 inhabitants of Groningen to the stage for one of their productions, The Record. In The Fever the two go a step further, with the audience co-responsible for the performance. With the audience as performers, Browde and Silverstone address how we relate to each other as individuals and how we interact with the people around us. Do you just observe, or do you play along? Do you play solo or with others? And do you play yourself or do you present yourself as someone diﬀerent? And do we as individuals still dare to take mutual responsibility for something larger than ourselves?
“A lovely, haunting meditation on human connection, and disconnection … a poetic evocation of our mostly unspoken –– and un-called upon –– dependence on one another.”
Concept and direction | Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone
In collaboration with | Brandon Wolcott, Emil Abramyan and Eric Southern
Commissioned by | The Public Theatre
With the support of | New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.