NTO’s Life and Times: Episode 1 Vienna 2010. Photo by Reinhard Werner
It’s worth a trip to the Public Theater this week for the Soho Rep’s production of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times: Episodes 1-4. The series, which is being presented by The Public as a special engagement for its 2013 Under the Radar Festival, is an epic show—an 11-hour exuberant celebration about “life.” And according to the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, “epic stories need epic forms.”
Body Cartography Project with Zeena Parkins will premier at this year’s American Realness Festival. Photo by Gene Pittman.
2013 is off to an incredible “art start” here on the L.E.S. with three theater festivals kicking off this week. A few blocks north, The Public Theater’s annual Under The Radar Festival (UTR), now in its ninth year, opens on Wednesday and runs through January 20th. UTR is known for its mostly international lineup of new and experimental work by ensembles, solo artists and independent writers. If you want a crash course in exciting independent theater, The Public is the place to be this week. A highlight for me is the return of the remarkable Belarus Free Theatre, a radical human rights based company devoted to resistance of the current Belarus political regime.
Your Brother at Dixon Place as part of The Public's Under The Radar Festival 2011
Dixon Place has been included as an official venue for The Public’s Under the Radar Festival this year. Now in it’s seventh season, the theater festival has quickly become known as one of the best around. The lineup includes experimental and multi-media work from local and international artists, including comedian Reggie Watts, performer Suzan-Lori Parks and companies from as far reaching as Belarus.