Flying under the radar in New York doesn’t always mean wearing sunglasses and a hat to Starbucks to enjoy a shameless cup of corporate java. In the case of Astor Place’s historic Public Theatre, flying under the radar has been a cause for celebration for 14 years.
To celebrate the 14th iteration of their Under the Radar Festival, the Theatre has gathered another packed list of performers from the U.S., Cuba, China, Canada, Italy, Japan, UK, Poland, and Slovenia. Among these artists, this year’s Festival will open with a big, queer bang, thanks to the dazzling work of England’s Dickie Beau and his show “Re-Member Me.”
The award-winning lip sync maestro and self-described “intrepid drag fabulist” will take the stage from January 4th through the 14th to put on a show being described as “part documentary theatre, part 21st-century séance adventure through cultural landscapes and a contemporary ghost story,” which sounds like a performance stage managed by SNL’s Stefon in the best way possible. Beau’s show began when he realized that while he may never be Shakespeare’s tragic prince Hamlet, he could sure as hell turn himself into a human Hamlet mix-tape. We’re not quite sure what that entails, but we’re ready to start the new year watching the greatest Hamlet never seen.
Under the Rader Festival at the Public Theatre runs from January 4 through the 15th. Tickets for the 2018 Under the Radar Festival start at $20 and are available now. Single tickets to UTR shows start at $25. Tickets can be accessed online here; at The Taub Box Office at The Public at 425 Lafayette Street; or by phone at 212-967-7555.