17 BORDER CROSSINGS

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By Thaddeus Phillips
Directed by Tatiana Mallarino

2018/19 Season

April 11, 2019—May 12, 2019

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With a chair, table, and bar of lights, visionary theatre maker and NYTW Usual Suspect Thaddeus Phillips magically conjures a rusty Croatian ferry, perilous international flights, obscure Amazonian ports, the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez, deportations, strip searches, illegal crossings, arbitrary passports and curious customs. Based on Phillips’ actual adventures, 17 Border Crossings is a harrowing, comical, visually surreal and engrossing look at the imaginary lines that divide up the world and the very real barriers they create. 17 Border Crossings makes its Off-Broadway premiere after sold out runs on four continents. Tatiana Mallarino (¡El Conquistador!) directs.


NEWS

  • Thaddeus is an internationally acclaimed theater director, designer & performer originally from Denver, CO. He created, designed and appeared in Capsule 33 (Barrow Street Theater), ¡El Conquistador! (NYTW + International Tour – Lucille Lortel and Drama League Nominations), The MeLTING BRiDgE (Plays & Players, Philadelphia), Lost Soles (La MaMa E.T.C. + USA Tour), Henry Five Live (from Times Square) (NY Fringe), The Tempest (Arcola Theater, London) and The Filament Cycle (Battery Arts Center, London). Phillips studied at the Colorado College and Charles University (DAMU) in Prague and with Encho Avramov and the Czech director Josef Krofta. On film, he appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony Pictures), Mi Gente Linda, Mi Gente Bella (Caracol) and on TV in “Alias El Mexicano” (FoxTelecolombia), “El Capo 3” (MundoFox), “Celia” (Telemundo), and “Narcos” (Netflix).

Thaddeus Phillips / Creator / Production Designer

THADDEUS PHILLIPS is an internationally acclaimed theater director, designer & performer originally from Denver, CO. He directs with a highly visual style centered around cinematic and transformative stage designs. Recent credits include the development and direction of A Billion Nights on Earth (BAM Next Wave Festival + New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas), Midnight Train to Marrakesh, and Ankomsten (a theatrical adaptation of Shaun Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival) for Teateri in Sweden. Other Directing credits include: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, an action-opera about the last days of E.A. Poe (NYTW and USA Tour), The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potentially Completely True Adventures of Barry Seal (FringeArts Festival), Flamingo/Winnebago (Kimo Theater, Albuquerque), WHaLE OPTICS (Prince Music Theatre, Philadelphia), and The Earth’s Sharp Edge (La MaMa E.T.C.). As a performer and creator he began his career playing King Lear in collaboration with various objects found in a suitcase (La MaMa and in various cafes, theaters and streets across the USA). He created, designed and appeared in Capsule 33 (Barrow Street Theater), ¡El Conquistador! (NYTW + International Tour – Lucille Lortel and Drama League Nominations), The MeLTING BRiDgE (Plays & Players, Philadelphia), Lost Soles (La MaMa E.T.C. + USA Tour), Henry Five Live (from Times Square) (NY Fringe), The Tempest (Arcola Theater, London) and The Filament Cycle (Battery Arts Center, London). Phillips’ original theatrical work has been presented Internationally in Moscow (Territory Festival), Hong Kong (International Arts Festival), Romania (Bucharest FestCo Festival), Norway (Non-Stop Festival), Spain (Festival de Otoño), México (Escena de Artes), Holland (Noorderzon Festival), Colombia (Teatro Nacional), Czech Republic (4 + 4 Days Festival), Poland (Bytom Festival), Italy (La Mama Spoleto Festival), Costa Rica (Teatro Jaco), Slovenia (Mladi Levi), Ireland (International Fringe Festival), England (Arcola Theatre), Scotland (Summerhall + Traverse), and Serbia (Serijino Pozorje Festival). Nationally his work has been seen Off-Broadway and at festivals and theaters in New York (NYTW, Under the Radar, La MaMa, Here, PS#122), ArtsEmerson (Boston), On the Boards (Seattle), MassMoca (North Adams, MA) Tricklock’s Revolutions International Festival (Albuquerque), and in New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Miami, Sarasota, New Haven, Colorado Springs, and Tampa. Phillips studied at the Colorado College and Charles University (DAMU) in Prague and with Encho Avramov and the Czech director Josef Krofta. On film he appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony Pictures), Mi Gente Linda, Mi Gente Bella (Caracol) and on TV in “Alias El Mexicano” (FoxTelecolombia), “El Capo 3” (MundoFox), “Celia” (Telemundo), and “Narcos” (Netflix).

Tatiana Mallarino / Director

TATIANA MALLARINO is a director & writer originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Her work as a director includes ¡El Conquistador! at New York Theatre Workshop (Lucille Lortel Award nominee for Best Solo Show), the co-direction of Capsule 33 at the Barrow Street Theater, 17 Border Crossings at the 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival + World Tour, The Tempest at the Arcola Theatre in London, and Henry Five Live (from Times Square) at the New York International Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Buntport Theater in Denver. For Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental she created and performed in The MeLTING BRiDgE and The Earth’s Sharp Edge. She served as the dramaturg on A Billion Nights on Earth, The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potential Completely True Adventures of Barry Seal, Alias Ellis Mackenzie, WHaLE OPTICS, and Lost Soles. She was the Spanish language dialogue translator for the first three seasons of the Netflix series “Narcos.” Colombian credits include: The Glass Menagerie at Teatro El Chico and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Teatro La Cigarra. Recently she served as dialogue coach for Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem on Loving Pablo.