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

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 6:30 pm

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

    Under the Radar: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jan 09, 2013, 8:00 pm

    The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh's travels through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. As the hero embarks on his journey a second narrative is revealed: the actors themselves begin to feel the responsibility of storytellers and question the ethics of cultural appropriation.

    Under the Radar: Blood Play

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jan 09, 2013, 8:30 pm

    In the tranquil Chicago suburbs in the early 1950s, the kids are away camping with their Jr. Cherokee's Troop, and a string of coincidences yields a spontaneous grown-up party.

    Under the Radar: C’est du Chinois

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jan 09, 2013, 8:30 pm

    In this highly original production, the performers teach us a basic comprehension of the Mandarin language, just enough to decipher their unfolding story. Starting at zero, the performers and the audience create something together - the possibility of a personal encounter, an intimate meeting.

    Under the Radar: Hamlet, Prince of Grief

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 3:30 pm

    Using household objects and children's toys to play out a domestic and political history of betrayal and death, Shakepeare's tragic hero comes to terms with his violent fate through an obsessive retelling of the moments that preceded the tragedy.

    Private: Under the Radar: Life and Times

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jan 16, 2013 - Sat, Feb 02, 2013

    When can the ordinary become extraordinary and the mundane monumental? "Epic stories need epic forms," says Nature Theater of Oklahoma, making their triumphant homecoming with this bold, exuberant 11-hour celebration of the most epic story of all: life.

    Private: Under the Radar: 2 Dimensional Life of Her

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 10, 2013 - Sun, Jan 20, 2013

    An enchanting mix of drawing, animation, puppetry, projection and paper, "2 Dimensional Life of Her" is a richly imagined performance installation set in an artist's studio. Fleur Elise Noble creates a parallel world in which everything thought to be flat becomes something else.

    Under the Radar: Zero Cost House

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 2:30 pm

    A meditation on how Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" changed a man's life; on the disruptions and re-imaginings that followed the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima; and on the uneasy compromises between radical idealism and contemporary living.

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

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Over the next two years a bedazzled creature will build a community by singing 24 concerts of the last 24 decades of popular music. Ultimately all 24 concerts will be stitched together culminating in a 24-hour long extravaganza. To help prepare for the big concert, Taylor Mac and band will be performing an abridged version: music from the 20th century.

    Under the Radar: ToasT (Work in Progress)

    Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Sat, Jan 19, 2013, 12:00 pm

    "Toast" is an art form of reciting poetry based on characters and situations driven from the Black Experience, mostly told and performed in the prisons, bars and pool halls of America. The play honors this poetic form and brings its heroes to the stage.