The annual 12-day festival, which runs through Jan 17, is presented by Mark Russell and the Association of Performing Arts. Performances take place at the Public Theater and various venues across Manhattan.
"This Under the Radar is the most ambitious we've mounted with more presentations in more places than ever before," said producer Mark Russell in a statement. "Just as UTR visual artist MK Guth makes beautiful ropes out of re-purposed clothes, this festival is bound together with themes of youth and aging, theater and film, technology and performance, visual art and puppets, politics and faith, making for a wildly colorful and daringly bold festival that reflects our world and our very complicated times."
Under the Radar productions and details follow:
SITI Company and the Martha Graham Company
"The Martha Graham Center has invited director Anne Bogart, playwright Charles L. Mee and the SITI Company to reinvent Martha Graham’s American Document using filmed excerpts, written descriptions and Graham’s handwritten notes… American Document reflects our current cultural concerns by answering the same questions Martha Graham asked over 70 years ago: What is an American? And what is America?" (Jan. 6-17, 2010).
The National Theater of the United States of America
"Inspired by the wildly popular lecture circuits of the late 19th century, NTUSA's Chautauqua! weaves lectures on history, culture and capitalism with live music, magic, slapstick, dance and melodrama, as it discovers the place of art and impulse in our changing culture of commerce." (Jan. 7-17, 2010). John Cassavetes' Husbands
Dangerous Ground Productions
Conceived, designed and directed by Doris Mirescu
"Based on John Cassavetes' 1970s film, Husbands depicts three men shaken up by the death of their friend and by their own imminent approach into middle age. They enter a freefall into emptiness and unrest in a four-day bender that follows the funeral. Anarchic and raw, the production is a surprisingly intimate exploration of the mysteries of friendship and masculinity." (Jan. 6-17, 2010).
2b theatre company
"Time freezes and the normally reliable laws of motion and matter dissolve. Poised between life and death, ex-stockbroker Atom contemplates his place in a world propelled towards its destruction by the laws of physics and free market economics. Visually striking and ingeniously minimalist, Invisible Atom is a darkly humorous story that questions the nature and acceleration of human progress." (Jan. 7-17, 2010).
Must - The Inside Story
Clod Ensemble in collaboration with Peggy Shaw
"In collaboration with the celebrated UK-based Clod Ensemble, legendary New York performance artist Peggy Shaw takes the audience on a journey across the landscape of her own body. Renowned for her own gender-bending autobiographical work, she recounts her extraordinary experiences of the medical profession from her current perspective as a 65-year-old lesbian grandmother. Must weaves together the stories of a lifetime - giving birth on the way to Woodstock, her mother’s electric shock treatment in 1950's America, the loss of a loved one – with projected microscopic images and live musicians performing a powerful score." (Jan. 8-17, 2010).
Written by Seán Millar
Directed by Brokentalkers
"Featuring a community chorus of gay men, Silver Stars is a moving and eloquent song cycle which tells the truly remarkable real-life stories of ordinary men in search of happiness and fulfillment, in a country that was challenged by their very existence. Based on celebrated singer/songwriter Seán Millar’s interviews with gay men from Dublin to New York, these songs capture tales of love, loss, family, spirituality, defiance and joy." (Jan. 8-16, 2010).
Created and performed by Andrew Dawson
"Acclaimed British director and performer Andrew Dawson recreates a documentary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing using only his hands and a black-draped table. Accompanied by Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and a dramatic, lively narration, Dawson takes audiences from Houston to the moon and returns them safely to Earth, conveying the colossal distances and the risks involved simply through his skilled hand movements and wry facial expressions." (Jan. 7-17, 2010).
The Word Begins
Written and performed by Sekou tha Misfit and Steve Connell
Developed and directed By Robert Egan
"The Word Begins is an exciting journey with two young men as they struggle to come to terms with belief and morality in America today. Taking on race relations, religion, sexuality, and the power of mass communication – among other great American issues, they travel from the inner city to the malls to the heartland of our country. Blending spoken word, comedy and hip hop, Steve Connell and Sekou tha Misfit travel rapidly through the chaotic and confusing world of what the national landscape of politics looks like to a young white man and a young black man." (Jan. 8-16, 2010).
Versus – In the Jungle of Cities
Produced by Teatr Nowy
Directed by Radek Rychcik
"In this exhilarating adaptation of Brecht's In the Jungle of Cities, Versus traces a figurative wrestling match that arises inexplicably between two men in the big city. With only four actors, rising Polish directing star Rychcik reinvents the epic clash with pop music and explosive choreography." (Jan. 6-17, 2010).
Partner events for Under the Radar include Philippe Quesne's L'Effet de Serge (Jan. 7-16, 2010 at HERE); Reid Farrington's Gin and "It" (Jan. 7-16, 2010 at 3LD Art & Technology Center); MK Guth's This Fable Is Intended For You: A Work-Energy Principle (Jan. 9-12 at Arts World Financial Center Winter Garden); Pig Iron Theater Company's Chekhov Lizardbrain (Jan. 7-17, 2010 at CSV Cultural Center); Phil Soltanoff's L.A. Party (Jan. 8-10, 2010 at HERE); Ping Chong's The Devil You Know (Jan. 6-24, 2010 at La MaMa); KOPERGIETERY's Once and For All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen (Jan. 8-17, 2010 at the New Victory Theatre); Stephen Earnhart's The Windup Bird Chronicle (Jan. 12-30, 2010 at the Ohio Theatre); Richard Maxwell's Ads (Jan. 6-31, 2010 at PS 122); and Jerk, from Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper and Jonathan Capdevielle (Jan. 7-17, 2010 at PS 122).
For tickets and complete scheduling information phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.