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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In Context: 17 Border Crossings

Thaddeus Phillips' 17 Border Crossings comes to BAM on September 30. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #17BorderCrossings.

Program Notes

Coming soon! (PDF) 


"Thaddeus Phillips, Man of Two Fringes" (
Descend into the meta-theatrical, Mexican-drug-lord world of the 17 Border Crossings creator.

A Brief History of the Passport (The Guardian)
Personal rights of passage had to be secured as early as 450 B.C.

Watch & Listen

Thaddeus Phillips on 17 Border Crossings (YouTube)
It's "theatrical armchair traveling" with a cinematic sensibility says Phillips.

Bizarre Borders: Canada & The United States (YouTube)
Drawing a 3,000-mile-long straight line is hard, it turns out.  

Now your turn...

What did you think? How did the show resonate with your own experiences of transitional spaces? Props to Phillips' minimal set? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #17BorderCrossings.


  1. Very original and unique performance by Thaddeus Phillips
    Captured the essence off traveling across borders with great humor and irony
    As one who has traveled extensively, I could especially relate to the performance

  2. Thaddeus Phillips is one of the most creative artists in theatre today. We first saw him in !il Conquistidor and now 17 Border Crossings. So thoughtful, so funny, so true -- every single crossing was politcally significant. Thank you, Thaddeus Phillips, for a meaningful evening.

  3. I see a lot of theater and a lot of monologues. 17 Border Crossings is head and shoulders above most. Mr. Phillips creativity, dexterity - both verbal and physical, humor, and coffee-fueled energy made for an evening that exceeded my expectations. It's worth going just to see how many different uses a simple table can be put to.

  4. Great theater, great performance. His reflection on the Syrian father escaping with his daughter in their boat, "Are we there yet?" especially poignant.

  5. Superb entertainment!


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