The Public Theater’s 13th annual Under the Radar festival launches January 4. Recognized as a showcase for cutting-edge theatre, the 12-day event takes place in numerous venues throughout New York City, and features innovative artists across various theatrical disciplines from around the world and the U.S.
A highlight of this year’s festival is the Blueprint Specials a revival of lost Frank Loesser musicals commissioned by the U.S. Army during World War II. Tony nominees Laura Osnes and Will Swenson star in the collection of musicals, which are being staged on the interior hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that actually served during World War II.
Other productions on offer include La Mélancolie des Dragons at The Kitchen Theatre by French artist Philippe Quesne—“a three-dimensional poem,” featuring a band of longhaired metalheads in a snowy forest; Top Secret International, an algorithmic-based interactive theatre experience staged in the Egyptian Wing of the Brooklyn Museum by renowned German theatre-maker Rimini Protokoll; and In the Name of Semelah, a multimedia show at the Asia Society in which Indonesian artists Eko Nugroho and Wayang Bocor present the story of how Islam came to Java.
Additionally, the festival welcomes the return of Under the Radar + Joe’s Pub: In Concert performances. The lineup includes Erin Markey’s Boner Killer, in which she blends her signature, story-driven stand-up, feminist hope, original music, and personal humiliations; as well as Jomama Jones’ Black Light.
UTR also features the INCOMING! works-in-process series; post-show discussions; a pop-up library on the Levin Mezzanine; and the UTR Professional Symposium. Other artists performing at this year’s festival include 600 Highwaymen; Nikki Appino and Saori Tsukada; The Bengsons; Marga Gomez; Manual Cinema; and Keith A. Wallace, and Deborah Stein.
For the complete UTR lineup and individual productions, visit UnderTheRadarfestival.com.