About the Grant

$25,000 to support 17 Border Crossings // 17 Fronteras  (MAP 2013)
$3,500 to general operating expenses for Thaddeus Phillips
$2,500 to general operating expenses for FringeArts

About the Project

Theater director Thaddeus Phillips embarks on new territory to create a deceptively simple solo stage voyage that takes audiences to the frontiers of Tunisia, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Bali, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Morocco, Angola, Slovenia and Mexico. Collected over 15 years of international travel, 17 Border Crossings // 17 Fronteras weaves together real accounts of international border crossings into a dramatic examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs.

17 Border Crossings // 17 Fronteras will take the classic table and chair monologue format and fuse it with various performance genres to create 17 ‘mini-plays’ which will range from 1 to 20 minutes long and be self-contained, each with their own style, rhythm and dynamic. As with the circumstances in crossing various international borders, some scenes will be humorous, some intense, some hyper-realistic, some metaphoric. The performance style for each ‘mini-play’ will take inspiration from: stand-up comedy, the films of Emir Kusturica, the floor shows of the Tropicana in Havana, musicals about Austria, Cheap Magic, Native myths of the Arizona desert, 1960‘s French Cinema and even Northern Mexican chilli relleno recipes. Each of these ‘mini-plays’ will be framed by ‘interludes’ - accounts of passport and travel documentation history, an analysis of the US passport and all it’s symbols plus maps, images and myths from borders the world over. The ‘mini-plays’ provide the theatrical and dramatic content, while the ‘interludes’ provide history, theory and footnotes. Both English and Spanish language versions will be created, each with smatterings of Arabic, Serbian, Portuguese, Czech and French.

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