17 Border Crossings
Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental











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 (unforgettable) Border Crossings.

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, on true life journeys recreating 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 right of passage.


Show Duration: 75min, no interval
Audience Suitability: 12+
Stage Size: Min 9m wide x 6m deep / Height clearance of 5m
Venue Capacity: Up to 800
Touring Party: 4
Languages: The show can be presented in English or Spanish.

Pearl Herbert


A Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental Production
Creation, Production Design & Performance by:
Thaddeus Phillips
Dramaturgy: Patrick Kealy
Direction and Translation: Tatiana Mallarino
Sound Design: Rob Kaplowitz
Lights: David Todaro
Stage Management:
Spencer Sheridan


17 Border Crossings
"Powerful, vivid storytelling...both enjoyable and enlightening."
The Scotsman
"Witty, gently erudite and humane tales illustrate the absurd, haphazard nature of borders."
The Times, London
"The work grabs you with its intelligence, humor, sarcasm, political critique, all the way until its moving finale."
El Heraldo Zaragoza, Spain