The Public Announces Under the Radar Lineup

News   The Public Announces Under the Radar Lineup
The annual downtown festival returns this winter in venues throughout New York City.
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Jomama Jones and Samora Pinderhughes J.D. Urban

The Public Theater has announced the lineup for the 13th annual Under the Radar festival, set to run January 4-15, 2017. Recognized as a showcase for cutting-edge theatre, the 12-day event will take place in numerous venues throughout New York City, and will feature innovative artists across various theatrical disciplines from around the world and the U.S.

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In the Name of Semelah Witjak Widi Cahya

UTR is curated by Festival Director Mark Russell, who says, in a press statement, that this year’s lineup promises to push the boundaries of traditional theatre and form even further. “There will be theatre pieces with no actors at all, joyous concerts with intimate stories, tales told with shadows and film, veterans re-making WWII musicals, lost French rock bands, an interactive trip through the counter-espionage community, and the ever-fierce Belarus Free Theatre,” comments Russell.


The productions on offer include La Mélancolie des Dragons at The Kitchen Theatre by French artist Philippe Quesne—“a three-dimensional poem,” in which a band of longhaired metalheads decide that the snowy forest where their hatchback has stalled is the perfect location for a heavy metal-themed amusement park. Renowned German theatre-makers Rimini Protokoll will debut Top Secret International, an algorithmic-based interactive theatre experience staged in the Egyptian Wing of the Brooklyn Museum, in which participants uncover international intelligence networks. As well as In the Name of Semelah, in which Indonesian artists Eko Nugroho and Wayang Bocor present the story of how Islam came to Java. Staged at the Asia Society, the multimedia show combines street art, comic characters, folk art, traditional culture and video game culture.

The artists slated to perform 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. The lineup also includes works by Belarus Free Theatre, Tania El Khoury, Eko Nugroho, Philippe Quesne, Rimini Protokoll, and Waterwell.

Additionally, the festival will welcome 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. Jones, Daniel Alexander Jones’ award-winning alter ego, returns to the Joe’s Pub stage with pianist Samora Pinderhughes, a band, and vocalists for an evening of original songs exploring the darkest part of the night.

The festival will also feature the INCOMING! works-in-process series; post-show discussions; a pop-up library on the Levin Mezzanine; and the UTR Professional Symposium.

“The Under the Radar Festival is like a bonfire burning in January,” adds Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a press statement. “In the darkest month of the year, the heat and light generated by Mark Russell and his colleagues are exciting, vivifying and communal. I am so proud that UTR makes its home at The Public Theater, and so looking forward to the combustion in the New Year.”

For the complete UTR lineup and individual productions, visit

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