The 18th Annual ‘Under the Radar Festival’ at The Public Theater Cancelled due to COVID




A scene from the motown project running January 18-22 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo credit: Lance Cain

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director,, Patrick Willingham) announced the full line-up for the 18th annual Under the Radar Festival, running January 12-30, 2022. However, due to COVID, the Festival has been cancelled this year.

A scene from The Rest I Make Up running January 15, 22 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit: Michelle Memran

“Under the Radar is The Public Theater’s investment in the future: young artists, brilliant boundary-breaking theater, and deep engagement with artists from around the globe,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “UTR is the center of the theatrical universe for these three weeks in January; come and see the world, and see the shape of things to come.” 

A scene from Good News, or Harry the Dog running January 12, 16, 18, 21, 23 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo credit: Daniel Albanese

“This edition of the Under the Radar Festival will celebrate the vibrancy, tenacity, and power of new theater from around the U.S. and the world. It will embrace a newfound perspective on the place of performance in our lives,” said UTR Festival Director Mark Russell. “Under the Radar was online in 2021 and the innovations of our artists, live and recorded, reached a record audience. This year it is unmediated, in person, and very alive.” 

The festival would have also included the return of Under the Radar + Joe’s Pub: In Concert with performances by Migguel Anggelo, Salty Brine, and Alicia Hall Moran; the INCOMING! works-in-process series featuring projects by Devised Theater Working Group artists; and the Under the Radar Professional Symposium on Thursday, January 13. The new Under the Radar: On the Road Initiative brings UTR productions to venues beyond New York City. 

The line-up for the Devised Theater Working Group’s INCOMING! Series included members Savon Bartley, Nile Harris, Miranda Haymon, Eric Lockley, Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Mia Rovegno, Justin Elizabeth Sayre, and Mariana Valencia. The Devised Theater Working Group (DTWG) is an artist resource cohort designed for live arts-makers of all disciplines. Formed as a complementary program to the Under the Radar Festival in 2014, DTWG creates an infrastructure to support collaborative collectives and other untraditional originators as they forge new theater. By offering the dramaturgical, technical, artistic, and administrative resources of The Public, DTWG operates as part of the Under the Radar Festival, where unique modes of creation and independent theater-making are elevated annually. 

UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL is considered one of the premier international theater festivals focused on new work. Under the Radar is heading into its 18th edition as a core part of The Public Theater’s mission—giving a platform to voices not always heard in the American Theater. UTR supports artists from around the country and the world who are redefining the act of making theater. UTR has introduced numerous artists who are now considered leaders in the field, such as Elevator Repair Service, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, Tania El Khoury, and Lola Arias, to name a few. The festival provides a wide lens on contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice and pointing to the future of the art form. 

A scene from LatinoXoxo, running January 13, 16, 18, 20 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo credit: Ryan Muir.

The Public is excited to welcome our community back to its flagship home at Astor Place in the near future. The Public’s audience policy requires complete COVID-19 vaccination by the date of attendance for access into the facility, theaters, and restaurant. For complete health and safety protocols, visit Safe At The Public. 

A scene from An Evening with an Immigrant, running January 18-20 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit: Oliver Holms


The Under the Radar Professional Symposium is a full-day event on January 13 featuring a chance to see full productions of festival shows, as well as presentations by keynote speakers and featured artists. Attendance at the Symposium is strictly limited to presenting and producing professionals in the field. For more information on the UTR Symposium, please email 

The Under the Radar Professional Symposium is a pre-conference event of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and is held in conjunction with the APAP|NYC 2022 conference. APAP is the national service, advocacy, and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts and the convener of APAP|NYC, the world’s leading gathering of performing arts professionals, held every January in New York City. For more information on this year’s APAP conference, visit 

A scene from seven methods of killing kylie jenner, running January 12-16, 18-23, 25-29 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit: Helen Murray / ArenaPal


Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for JanArtsNYC. A partnership among 11 independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings, and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind. For more info visit, Promotional support provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. 


JOE’S PUB, a program of The Public Theater, was named for Public Theater founder Joseph Papp. Since it opened in 1998, Joe’s Pub has played a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community, and artistic freedom. The organization also offers opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that helps musicians develop original live performance projects; Joe’s Pub Working Group, an artist development initiative; The Vanguard Award & Residency, a yearlong series that celebrates the career of a prolific and influential artist and has honored Nona Hendryx, Judy Collins, and Laurie Anderson; and nationwide programming partnerships. Currently commissioned artists include Alicia Hall Moran, Liza Paul & Bahia Watson, and Sunny Jain. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents artists from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually. New York Voices is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

A scene from The Rest I Make Up running January 15, 22 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit: Michelle Memran


THE PUBLIC continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Lab, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Girl From the North Country. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 184 Obie Awards, 55 Drama Desk Awards, 58 Lortel Awards, 34 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 56 AUDELCO Awards, 6 Antonyo Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. 

The Public Theater stands in honor of the first inhabitants and our ancestors. We acknowledge the land on which The Public and its theaters stand—the original homeland of the Lenape people. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory. We honor the generations of stewards and we pay our respects to the many diverse indigenous peoples still connected to this land. 

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities. 

Special support for Under the Radar 2022 is provided by the Manchester International Festival, Select Equity Group Foundation, and The W Trust. Under the Radar: On the Road is supported by Kate Hall and Gary Lynch. 

A scene from Drowning running January 12-16, 18-23, 25-30 at Mabou Mines as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes


Public Theater Partner and Supporter tickets for the 2022 UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL start at $20 and are available now. Full-price single tickets to UTR shows start at $25, except for MUD/DROWNING, which is $24, and Incoming! shows, which are $15. Tickets can be accessed by visiting, calling 212.967.7555, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. All tickets are subject to facility and service fees. 

The UTR Pack is back by popular demand. Purchase five or six UTR shows and save $5 off each ticket. Good for all UTR shows at The Public and Mabou Mines; not applicable for Joe’s Pub or Incoming! shows. Visit to purchase your UTR Pack online. Each UTR Pack purchased over the phone and online is subject to a $1 per ticket package fee per performance. Service fees waived for in-person purchases. All sales are final, no refunds or cancellations. Exchanges must be made at least 24 hours before a performance. 

Food and beverage service will be available during Under the Radar + Joe’s Pub: In Concert performances. There is a two drink or $12 food minimum per person. The Library at The Public will also be open Tuesday through Sunday for food and drink, beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

The full performance calendar and complete ticket details can be found at 

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