TPAC Presents:

17 Border Crossings

17 Border Crossings a TPAC Theatre Presentation

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June 23-25, 2023

LOCATION: Andrew Johnson Theater


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Perspectives: 17 Border Crossings

A trip around the world via storytelling at its most fluent: award-winning theatre director, designer, and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips uses minimal props and magnetic charm to recreate 17 Border Crossings. Using only lighting, shadows, comedy, drama, and cheap magic, Thaddeus weaves a dramatic, visual, and surreal examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports, and curious customs. Climb aboard the communist-era type train on its journey from Prague to Belgrade or lie low in the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to Heathrow. Thaddeus’ true-life journeys recreate invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries, KFC smuggling in Palestine, and ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon in this captivating contemplation of the perplexing ins-and-outs of our fragile rite of passage.

17 Border Crossings is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by The Painted Bride Arts Center in partnership with The MAP and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit

Creation, Production Design & Performance:
Thaddeus Phillips

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Johnson Theater

  • Wheelchair accessible seating is located infront of the stationary seating platforms.
  • Seats in the first row can be accessed without climbing stairs.
  • Seats in Rows A-H require taking stairs.