Frontieres Sans Frontieres

by  Phillip Howze

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

"Intelligent, unruly [...] there is much beauty in this abundance, and something deeply unsettling, too." - The New York Times

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Frontieres Sans Frontieres

by  Phillip Howze

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Here, at the corner of a country that feels both foreign and familiar, three orphaned, stateless youth have built a simple life out of recreation and mischief-making. Their world is rocked as a parade of immodest strangers slowly invade, offering gifts of language, medicine, art, and commerce. As the lure of development blurs their beliefs, life and landscape mutate, threatening their long-held values, community, and humanity. In a comic spectacle to challenge the pretense of altruism and civilization, Frontieres Sans Frontieres asks what happens when generosity looks a lot like self-interest? How to comprehend when the promise of language matures to the tyranny of words? Who wins and who loses in a war to hold on to the people and places we love?

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"A brightly colored, comic fantasia on cultural imperialism [...] Mr. Howze’s intelligent, unruly and intermittently wonderful play is grounded in experience [...] There is much beauty in this abundance, and something deeply unsettling, too." - The New York Times

Critics' Pick! "Howze's exciting piece is a savage burlesque, a clear-eyed bouffon treatment of war." - Time Out New York

10 Best Theatrical Productions of the Year! “Linguistically acrobatic and piercingly funny, Frontieres is a whip-smart modern burlesque that deserves a wider audience." - New York Magazine

"A kaleidoscope of funny, absurd displays of humanity swinging, pendulum-like, between the mundane and the magical, the minuscule and the grand. One moment we are zoomed in: a child turning water from a leaking roof into a triumphant cup of tea. The next moment we are zoomed out: systemic exploitation of natural resources [...] Sometimes hilarious, sometimes utterly heartbreaking, the constant flickering between innocence and pain is this play’s metronome." - Bushwick Daily 


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Here.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 4f
WIN - a young girl who dresses as a boy, an imitator, a trickster
NOON - a young girl who dresses as a girl (later, NOBLE LAUREATE) 
PAN - a young boy who dresses in whatever clothes he can find 
THOM - a foreigner who dresses like a foreigner 
BACKPACKER - a foreigner who dresses like a local 
CIGARETTE MAN - a foreigner with cancer 
W.H.O. - a bureaucrat 
BABY BOO - a pop-star 
ACTRESS - an ambassador 
MILITIA - a soldier 
DEVELOPER - a planner 
NOBLE LAUREATE - a winner 
CLOWN - a clown 
MIME - a mime
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting



Phillip Howze

Phillip Howze is a playwright whose work has been developed or produced at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC-Arts Media, Clubbed Thumb, PRELUDE 2015, The Public Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Yale Cabaret. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is a Fellow of the Sundance Institute Theater ...

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Fonteieres Sans Frontieres premiered at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, NY in March 2017 under the direction of Dustin Wills

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