A Look Back at 15 Years of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival

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Before the annual downtown festival returns January 2019 (with works by Ifeoma Fafunwa, New Saloon, Flaco Navaja, Tania El Khoury, and more) we reflect on 15 impactful past productions.
Ifeoma Fafunway in Hear Word! Naija Women Talk True, 2019

Ahead of the return of the Public Theater’s annual Under the Radar festival, beginning January 3, 2019, look back at the 15 years of the Public’s showcase of new and innovative theatre. From Young Jean Lee to Taylor Mac, Under the Radar has always been ahead of the curve.

“Under the Radar is celebrating 15 years of bringing the most adventurous independent theatre from around the world to New York City,” said UTR Festival Director Mark Russell. “The Festival features artists that question the rules of theatre and break them, giving us a new perspective on the world. Intense and immersive, the Under the Radar Festival is a muscle-building exercise in finding common values and imagining a future.”

Running through January 13, 2019, the 11-day festival will take place in the Public as well as partner venues, featuring artists from across the U.S. and around the world. Among the works on offer will be Ifeoma Fafunwa’s Hear Word! Naija Women Talk True, a dance and performance piece inspired by multi-generational Nigerian stories of inequality and transformation, a remount of Minor Character, a mash-up of six translations of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya performed at the same time, and more.

The UTR + Joe's Pub: In Concert will also return as part of the 15th annual festival, featuring artists exploring the intersection of music and theatre. The slate includes Penny Arcade's show Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! - The Penny Arcade Sex and Censorship Show; Australian artist Meow Meow; The Illustrious Blacks; and The Chekhov Project.

For the complete lineup visit PublicTheater.org.

Flip through photos of the festival’s history below:

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