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Manmade Earth // 600 HIGHWAYMEN


In Manmade Earth, eight teenagers from the Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, and the United States—each with a unique path into this country—come together to create a new landscape on stage. With an abundance of materials, including cardboard, rope, buckets, and wood, Manmade Earth binds the audience and performers in an experiment of communal construction.

An investigation of permanence, stability, guts, and endurance, this new work from Obie Award–winning 600 HIGHWAYMEN asks what can we build from here and where will we go next?

Co-presented with The Invisible Dog and FIAF Crossing the Line Festival.

Created by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone of 600 HIGHWAYMEN, along with Nic Adams, Nur Aisyah, Nasra Ali, Raiza Almonte, Dimyana Angelo, Amanda Barsi, Augustin Bonane, Marisa Caruso, Michael Costagliola, Glo McDonald, Jeanvier Nkurunziza, Deb O, Eric Southern, and Diaaeddin Zabadani.

With Design by Michael Costagliola, Deb O, and Eric Southern.

Co-produced by Torn Space Theater.

Developed through University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative in partnership with Torn Space Theater, as well a developmental residency with Lumberyard Arts Center in Catskill, NY.

600 HIGHWAYMEN, under the direction of Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, makes performances that offer a new way of seeing for today. They explore a radical approach to making live art, constructing events that create intimacy among a group of strangers. Developed using creative methods ranging from the mainstream to the peculiar, their work is a rigorously tuned investigation of presence and humanity, not only in performance, but in process and aftermath. Since 2009 their performances have included The Fever, Employee of the YearThe Record, This Great CountryEveryone Was Chanting Your NameEmpire City, and This Time Tomorrow. 600 HIGHWAYMEN received an Obie Award in 2014, Zurich’s ZKB Patronage Prize in 2015, and a Bessie Nomination for Outstanding Production of 2015. In 2016, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Facebook: @600HIGHWAYMEN
Twitter: @600HWM

Dates + Times
Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 14 at 2pm
Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 14 at 9:30pm
Sunday, September 15 at 2pm

70 minutes


$15 suggested donation
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