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Under the Radar (UTR) is an annual theater festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. The festival is a wild mix of works by ensembles, solo artists, writers and creators. The ultimate goal of UTR is to offer a crash course in theater that is exciting, independent and experimental, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. In its eight year history, there have been 104 productions from over 17 countries and the U.S., including Australia, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, France, Ireland, Mali, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia and the UK. Some artists who have collaborated with UTR include SITI Company, Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Superamas, Abbey Theatre, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Teatro De Los Andes, and many more.

The festival premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse in January of 2005, focusing primarily on theater companies based in the United States. In 2006, UTR moved to The Public Theater to place itself in the heart of the American theater. In its second year, UTR branched out further into the international theater community. This festival featured performances from Brazil, the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, France, Austria, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The tradition continued in 2007, as the festival once again highlighted contemporary and independent work from around the world. The festival was expanded from five days to its current two week format.

Most shows are $20. Buy a UTR festival pack of five for $75.


Under the Radar: Hollow Roots

In "Hollow Roots," a woman traverses a nameless urban landscape plagued by a question: Can a person of color have ...

Under the Radar: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh's travels through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. ...

Under the Radar: Minsk 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker

A love letter to a home that exiles those willing to fight for it, "Minsk 2011" celebrates and mourns a ...

Under the Radar: Blood Play

In the tranquil Chicago suburbs in the early 1950s, the kids are away camping with their Jr. Cherokee's Troop, and ...

Under the Radar: Arguendo (Work in Progress)

One of New York's most highly acclaimed theater companies, Elevator Repair Service (Gatz, The Sound and the Fury [April Seventh, ...

Under the Radar: C’est du Chinois

In this highly original production, the performers teach us a basic comprehension of the Mandarin language, just enough to decipher ...

Under the Radar: Hamlet, Prince of Grief

Using household objects and children's toys to play out a domestic and political history of betrayal and death, Shakepeare's tragic ...

Under the Radar: Zero Cost House

A meditation on how Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" changed a man's life; on the disruptions and re-imaginings that followed the ...

Under the Radar: A 20th Century Abridged Concert of the History of Popular Music

Over the next two years a bedazzled creature will build a community by singing 24 concerts of the last 24 ...

Under the Radar: ToasT (Work in Progress)

"Toast" is an art form of reciting poetry based on characters and situations driven from the Black Experience, mostly told ...