Prepare to Participate: The Fever Show Encourages Audience Participation at the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

A performance that explores human interaction through audience involvement

Press Release

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is excited to welcome “one of New York’s best nontraditional companies” (The New Yorker), as 600 HIGHWAYMEN bring their participatory theater piece The Fever to the stage from Friday, November 24 to November 28. 

The Fever is a show that’s radical in its approach to making live art, as it explores how moments can be created through collaboration and observation– between cast and audience – in order to create connections and look at human interaction from a different point of view. Those attending will gather in an intimate audience of  the stage of The Red Theater to explore individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

The Fever was created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone, co-founders of the theater company 600 HIGHWAYMEN. Speaking about the show, 600 HIGHWAYMEN said: “We are thrilled to be making our Middle East premiere with 'The Fever'. The show is quite personal to both of us, and it's a real pleasure to be bringing it to Abu Dhabi. Though we made this piece directly in response to the political/social climate in the United States, the questions the piece asks – How do we take care of other people’s bodies? Are we willing to stand up for each other? – are global questions. We couldn't be happier to be working with Bill and the entire team at The Arts Center at NYUAD, especially because we are both NYU alumni.”


Bill Bragin, executive artistic director at The Arts Center at NYUAD, is excited to offer such an explorative performance to Abu Dhabi: “I have been watching 600 Highwaymen’s work for some time, and find it incredibly beautiful and moving. Their work (developed in part through their studies at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing) explores unique strategies to create new relationships between audiences and performers. The Fever begins with a sense of mystery that evolves into a joyous sense of community among everyone in the theater by the end. In a world that can be filled with all kinds of struggles, their ability to create a feeling of empathy and camaraderie among a group of strangers is extraordinarily touching.” 

Tickets are available from Wednesday, November 8 at 3pm, with performances on Friday November 24 and 25 at 3pm and 7pm, as well as Sunday, November 26 and Tuesday 28 at 7pm.

The Arts Center at NYUAD is an internationally renowned performing arts center that presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.

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About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.