“When you become a parent, you are reminded more than ever as you explain to your child about the stars and planets, about the fantastic and sheer shock of how amazing and unexplainable it all is.” Thaddeus Phillips
“Phillips is one of the most creative theater artists in the country.” Juliet Witttman, Westword
A journey into an alternative universe for audiences ages 3 to 99.
A treasured stuffed whale goes missing and a portal to another dimension though the kitchen fridge sets a father and son off on a spectacular quest through space and time. Objects on stage appear to come alive and the father and son must rely on their creativity, and each other, to survive wild landscapes that open like giant pop up books. Taking from classic children’s books, kabuki stagecraft, and spellbinding theatrics, A Billion Nights on Earth is an imaginative dive into the realms of parent–child relationships, exploring their varying perspectives on reality.
Visionary director Thaddeus Phillips and Obie award-winning installation artist Steven Dufala conjure up an epic of ingenious stagecraft and live action, with a cinematic score by Colombian composer Juan Gabriel Turbay, and staring the real life father/son acting duo Michael and Winslow Fegley.
Directed by Thaddeus Phillips
Designed by Steven Dufala
Dramaturgy Tatiana Mallarino
Music Juan Gabriel Turbay
Lighting David Todaro
Costumes Jan Avramov
Set Engineering Efren Delgadillio Jr.
Performers Michael Fegley and Winslow Fegley
Major support for this project has been provided to Thaddeus Phillips by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
A Billion Nights on Earth is commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, CINEtica and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. The project received additional funding fromThe Wyncote Foundation with residency support provided by Mapa Teatro (Bogota, Colombia) + Buntport Theater (Denver).
Festival Executive Producers
Sarah & Kevin Kleinschmidt