Supporting creative work by women
January in New York can be breathtakingly cold with freezing temperatures and nor’easters. But, theater heats up the city with a slew of festivals and great new works hitting the Big Apple’s boards. In other words, there are plenty of reasons to stay indoors in the New Year. Under the Radar Festival, under the artistic direction of Mark Russell, offers an eclectic mix of theater from the world over. And, the festival is reasonably priced — $20 for most shows, and five tickets for $75.
C’est du Chinois at the Under the Radar Festival
Belarus Free Theatre returns to the festival with Minsk 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker after scoring with its hits Being Harold Pinter and Zone of Silence in New York. Nature Theatre of Oklahoma presents its marathon (yes over 10 hours in one day) Life and Times: Episode 1 – 4 .
Some of the work by women theatre artists at this year’s festival, running January 9 – 20, 2013 at the Public Theater includes Hollow Roots, a solo play in the style of Spalding Gray and Wallace Shawn by Christina Anderson, whom Works by Women will interview later this week. Anderson investigates what a post racial society would look like with startling results. Australian Director/Creator Fleur Elise Noble‘s 2 Dimensional Life of Her is a visual piece, an installation, that is family friendly and takes place in an artist’s studio.
Or you can see Netherlands-based Hungarian director Edit Kaldor‘s C’est du Chinois (French loose translation: “It’s all Greek to me”) about the boundaries of language and performance. The piece’s performers actually teach the audience some basic Mandarin as an exploration of public assembly and true exchange between artist and audience.