UNDER THE RADAR 2020
That's a wrap! Thanks to all who attended Under The Radar 2020. We hope to see you next season.
Over the last 16 years, The Public’s UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad, Under the Radar Festival has presented works by such respected artists as Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, and Young Jean Lee. These artists provide a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form.
Woven from ancestral myths and personal anecdotes, ANDARES is a touching, fierce denunciation against a present intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred.
Following the success of their UTR debut Thunderstorm 2.0 in 2018, Wang Chong and his Beijing-based company Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental brings multimedia acting to another level in this award-winning production of Nick Payne’s play.
Nick Payne's Constellations
Based on Mario Beneditti's short story, FEOS is an adult work about desire between two people. Socially cast as "ugly" because of physical deformities, they defy loneliness and conformity by seeing the human need in one another.
A Palestinian man dreams of reaching the moon. When the family discovers he is building a rocket in his West Bank backyard, chaos ensues.
Following award-winning Backstage in Biscuit Land, Jess Thom takes on Samuel Beckett's short play in a theatrical experience that explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say.
Not I by Samuel Beckett
In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle. This show is what they brought back.
Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent.
The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes
Ahamefule J. Oluo recalls life with his eccentric white mother and his journey to Nigeria seeking a family he never knew, told through comedy and jazz.
A virtuosic solo performance, an eye-witness account of frontline history from 9/11 to Trump, and a critical report on what we must do to save our democracy.
The Truth Has Changed
One of Japan’s hottest young playwright-directors, Suguru Yamamoto, takes on the indifference of the modern-day metropolis in a solo dance-theater piece that uses projected text.
The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood
A play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration honoring Black people killed due to racialized violence. Directed by Whitney White, through parody, song, and movement, a space for catharsis, reflection, and healing is created.
What to Send Up When It Goes Down
Casting herself in all the main roles, Lucy McCormick attempts to re-enact the New Testament via a Nu-wave holy trinity of dance, power ballads and performance art.
When Ryan J. Haddad was five, he began forcing his family to put on plays. Ryan recalls these misadventures in a whimsical cabaret full of showtunes.
Falling For Make Believe
Daniel J. Watts describes going to therapy as inviting a stranger into the attic of your mind. THE JAM: ONLY CHILD is a poetic, musical, and often hilarious trip through his attic.
Daniel J. Watts' The Jam: Only Child
four Black women, minds lubricated by wine, talk flowing, craving connection. a play generates a spirit cleansing charged with West African spiritualties and House dance.
where love lies fallow
Justin, Kenita, and Jade Hicks present a song cycle reimagining American heroism. Haunting vocals give rise to a musical landscape of contemporary and ancestral sounds.
Waterboy and the Mighty World
MukhAgni is an automythography about a relationship in process. In a bedroom in Brooklyn, in a Calcutta charnel ground, two queer colored lovers play dead.
Japanese collagist, animator, and puppeteer, Maiko Kikuchi, mixes mediums in this solo show, inviting us to the nexus of her surreal series of daydreams.
Interdisciplinary artist Ty Defoe and the All My Relations Collective merge augmented reality installation with performance and storycircles, exploring science, sacred knowledge, indigiqueerness, and climate change.
GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG | Revolving Sky
Enjoy delicious drinks, light food, dancing, and various performances from local artists and DJs!
Under The Radar: Late Night
Under The Radar 2020 features a number of Black artists exploring the theme of liberation throughout the African Diaspora.
Open Circle: Black Art, Black Liberation
Join us for a pre-show conversation around current inclusive practices in the performing arts including Relaxed Performance methodology.
Audience Accessibility Panel
THE DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) is an artist resource group designed for live arts-makers of all disciplines.