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Radar L.A. announces line-up for 2013 edition

August 13, 2013|By David Ng
  • Lola Arias' "El Ano en Que Naci (The Year I Was Born)" is among the highlights of this year's Radar L.A. theater festival.
Lola Arias' "El Ano en Que Naci (The Year I Was Born)" is… (David Alarcon )

The second edition of Radar L.A. -- an international theater festival that takes place mostly in downtown Los Angeles -- will feature 18 stage productions from companies around the world as well as some prominent local groups.

The full line-up for the Sept 24-Oct. 1 fest, which was announced Tuesday, will include theater organizations from Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Latin America.

Radar first launched in 2011 as a way for local audiences to experience global theater companies alongside homegrown talent. The new edition of the biennial event is organized by REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the California Institute of the Arts, in partnership with the Center Theatre Group. 

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This year's line-up features co-presentations that were previously announced by other groups -- including Complicite's production of "Shun-kin" with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; "Prometheus Bound" at the Getty Villa; and Roger Guenveur Smith's show about Rodney King at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. 

Other highlights include "Hospital," a new collaboration by the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a Skid Row performance group, and the Netherlands-based collective Wunderbaum, that will be performed at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown L.A.; and "Dogugaeshi," a collaboration between famed puppeteer Basil Twist and musician Yumiko Tanaka.

The line-up features several Latin American productions, including a site-specific piece titled "You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons" from Colombian theater artist Manuel Orjuela; "El Año en Que Nací (The Year I Was Born)" from Argentine director Lola Arias; and "El Gallo" from Mexico's Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes.

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Radar will be centered mostly in downtown L.A., with venues including the Million Dollar Theatre, the Spring Street Park and Automata in Chinatown.

The full Radar line-up, with descriptions of the productions, is available at

[Update]: A previous version of this article had an incorrect titled for "Prometheus Bound."


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