Heâs taken over the Morgan Library & Museum. He was seen recently at the Museum of Modern Art. And now, Frankenstein is set to come alive in New York again, this time at the Public Theaterâs Under the Radar Festival.
The Chicago company Manual Cinema will present its shadow puppet-infused mash-up of Mary Shelleyâs novel and her biography in the festival, which runs from Jan. 3 through Jan. 13. (Itâs the 200th anniversary of Shelleyâs novel.)
Under the Radar, now in its 15th year, has performances at the Public itself and in other theaters in the city, with a slate that includes theater artists from around the world.
âUnder the Radar is one of the places where the Public acknowledges its international scope,â Mark Russell, the director of the festival, said in a phone interview, adding that the global element of the lineup is âimportant now more than ever.â
âHear Word! Naija Women Talk True,â a performance piece directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, explores issues involving the lives of Nigerian women through music and dance.
And Basel Zaraa, an artist and onetime Palestinian refugee, will perform âAs Far as My Fingertips Take Meâ by Tania El Khoury, a 15-minute show performed for one audience member at a time.
One of the themes that has emerged from this yearâs lineup is contemporary riffs on the classics. In addition to âFrankenstein,â the festival also includes New Saloonâs âMinor Character,â a riff on âUncle Vanyaâ and the Chekhov Projectâs âI Am a Seagull,â a film that follows a group of actors putting on a production of Chekhovâs âThe Seagull.â
Under the Radar will also include a series of concerts at Joeâs Pub, with performances by artists including Penny Arcade, Meow Meow and the Illustrious Blacks.