Due to creative team scheduling conflicts, New York Theatre Workshop will no longer present Sanctuary City, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, this spring. It its place, the Off-Broadway theatre will now offer 17 Border Crossings, created and performed by Thaddeus Phillips, with direction by Tatiana Mallarino (Red Eye to Havre de Grace).
The show, a look at the imaginary lines that divide the world and the very real barriers they create, will begin previews April 11 ahead of an April 15 opening.
Beginning with a man at a desk on an empty stage, 17 Border Crossings takes the audience around the world—from invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle and ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, to KFC-smuggling in Palestine and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries.
The limited engagement is scheduled through May 12. The production marks Phillips’ third collaboration with NYTW, following ¡El Conquistador! in 2006 and Red Eye to Havre de Grace in 2014.
Next up at NYTW is Hurricane Diane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence), directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet). Performances begin February 6 prior to a February 24 opening night.