REDCAT to Launch Radar L.A.
REDCAT TO LAUNCH RADAR L.A., AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY THEATER
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CENTER THEATRE GROUP (LOS ANGELES) AND THE PUBLIC THEATER’S
UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL (NEW YORK)
Preliminary Highlights Include:
Teatro en el Blanco (Chile),
Toshiki Okada and his company Chelfitsch (Japan),
Visual theater artist Fleur Elise Noble (Australia),
Teatro Linea de Sombra (Mexico),
Jose Miguel Jimenez and The Company (Chile/Ireland),
Los Angeles Poverty Department (L.A.),
Rude Mechs (Austin),
Latino Theater Company (L.A.),
Moving Arts (L.A.)
Sekou (tha misfit) & Steve Connell (L.A.),
Multi-event Passes Go On Sale in April
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is proud to announce preliminary program highlights for RADAR L.A., an international festival of contemporary theater running June 14–20. The festival is produced by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (New York), and a consortium including Theatre Communications Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. $50 multi-event passes go on sale in April and will allow audiences to attend performances for as little as $10.
Influential theater ensembles from Australia, Chile, Japan and Mexico are among the companies to be featured alongside Los Angeles artists when REDCAT produces the new international theater festival this summer. REDCAT serves as one of several venues for the groundbreaking festival, which will feature more than 15 productions that are fueling the dialogue about the evolution of contemporary theater, with a special emphasis on artists from Latin America and the Pacific Rim. Additional partner venues include the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) and CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
The complete program for RADAR L.A. will be announced in late April, but the exciting preliminary line-up features adventurous international artists alongside companies from L.A. and elsewhere in U.S., including:
Teatro en el Blanco (Chile), Toshiki Okada and his company Chelfitsch (Japan), visual theater artist Fleur Elise Noble (Australia), Teatro Linea de Sombra (Mexico), Jose Miguel Jimenez and The Company (Chile/Ireland), Los Angeles Poverty Department (L.A.), Rude Mechs (Austin), Latino Theater Company (L.A.), Moving Arts (L.A.) Sekou (tha misfit) & Steve Connell (L.A.), and more.
RADAR L.A. is presented in conjunction with the Theatre Communication Group’s national conference, June 16–18. Hosted by LA Stage Alliance, the three-day national conference will bring more than 1,000 influential theater organizers, producers, artists and journalists to Los Angeles on the occasion of TCG’s 50th anniversary. RADAR L.A. and TCG will offer a special two-day symposium June 15–16, which will include RADAR L.A. performances as well as panel discussions, workshops and work sessions geared to provide professional development for artistic directors, dramaturgs, theater artists, arts marketing professionals, arts education specialists and theater educators.
“I see this as a great chance for REDCAT and our partners to help provoke meaningful discussion about the evolution of contemporary theater,” remarks REDCAT Executive Director Mark Murphy. “It’s exciting to have a mix of international and L.A. artists prominently featured in the conversation, and to have so many prominent theater producers be a part of it. It’s also an amazing opportunity for LA audiences.”
Largely inspired by the success of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival (New York), RADAR L.A. benefits from the involvement of the two main forces behind that program, Mark Russell, producer of Under the Radar and Olga Garay, Executive Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, as well as Mark Murphy, Executive Director of REDCAT and Diane Rodriguez, Associate Producer of the Center Theatre Group. As co-curators of the festival, Murphy, Rodriguez and Russell aim to highlight influential theater ensembles and artists from South America and the Pacific Rim alongside emerging and established talents in Los Angeles.
“I am excited about bringing the international companies who will join us in June and introducing to the world our great selection of West Coast theater makers,” said Under the Radar Producer Mark Russell. “The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival is honored to celebrate the vibrant L.A. theater scene.”
“Hosting the national conference of the Theater Communications Group is a big deal in itself, but I’m thrilled that we are making the most of it by presenting such a bold and provocative mix of contemporary theater companies at the same time,” adds Diane Rodriguez of Center Theatre Group. “The high impact of the Festival really expands the conference into a large community event of truly historic proportions.”