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Theatre and Performance Festivals Abound in January

The Under the Radar festival takes place in January. Photo courtesy of Pierre Borasci.
January 3, 2012 - New York City is home to over 1,200 cultural organizations, and all of them are dedicated to providing access to high quality arts experiences, all year round. So start the New Year right by taking in a show, visiting a museum or learning a new craft!

This January, exciting theatre productions and performance festivals will take place in venues across the City. See a sampling of season highlights below. And be sure to visit the NYCulture Calendar at to find cultural events near you, every day of the year!


COIL 2012
January 5 – 29
COIL is an annual winter festival featuring performance art premieres from US and international artists. This year’s 11 premieres are socially engaged, visceral and groundbreaking. The festival spans 25 days, all genres of performance and takes place in eight different venues across New York City. Single tickets are $20-$25. PS122 Passport - 5 tickets for $75. COIL Pass - 10 tickets for $100. For more information, visit

January 19 - 28
Co-produced by The Irondale Center and CatScratch Theatre, FLICfest is a new festival of Feature Length Independent Choreography. Each evening of FLICfest will include two feature-length dance theatre works followed by a performance cabaret in the balcony lounge. Tickets $25 - good for one entire evening. To learn more, visit

Under the Radar
January 4 – 15

Produced by The Public Theater, Under the Radar (UTR) is an annual theatre festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. The festival is a mix of works by ensembles, solo artists, writers, and creators. The ultimate goal of UTR is to offer a crash course in theatre that is exciting, independent and experimental, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. Admission to individual performances ranges from free to $25. The UTR Pack grants admission to five shows for $75. For additional information, visit


The Flea Theater
These Seven Sicknesses
January 19 – February 12

In These Seven Sicknesses, Sophocles’ seven surviving plays – Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra and Antigone – combine with music and food to create a portrait of the human condition, where the intermingling of chance and fate yields disquieting results. Tickets $40. Visit to learn more.

The Kitchen
World of Wires
January 6 – 21

Reeling from the reality of people living their lives inside of machines, World of Wires is Jay Scheib’s new adaptation of Welt am Draht, filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 science-fiction television series. The play is an all-bets-are-off homage to the startling possibility that you too might be ones and zeroes in someone else's immaculately programmed world. Tickets $20. To learn more, visit

New Ohio Theatre
The Return of Samuel & Alasdair
January 5 – 21
If you missed The Mad Ones’ sold-out, limited run in Brooklyn, now is your chance to finally see the award-winning show, Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War, winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Sound Design. This is the inaugural season in New Ohio’s new space. Tickets $15-$18. For ticket information, visit

Queens Theatre
Guilt: A Love Story
January 28

The son of a former nun and Franciscan brother takes audiences on a hilariously twisted and true journey in Guilt: A Love Story. John Fugelsang's Drama League-nominated solo performance is a story of forbidden love, celebrity Klansmen, unexpected miracles, and how guilt makes people—and religions—do very strange things. Guilt: A Love Story was directed by Obie Award-winner Pam MacKinnon and premiered off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop. Tickets $40. To learn more, visit

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