On this edition of The Spot, we talk with Mark Murphy, Executive Director of the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater, about the upcoming RADAR LA festival of contemporary theater. The theater, affectionately known in Los Angeles as the REDCAT, has partnered with L.A.’s Center Theatre Group and New York City’s The Public Theater to produce a West Coast version of The Public’s Under the Radar Festival. RADAR LA will run for six days in a number of venues in Downtown Los Angeles (along with the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City) and provide a snapshot of the state of the art in contemporary theatre from around the world.
Groups from as far away as Chile, Japan, and Australia will join artists from L.A., Austin, Mexico and San Francisco for the kind of packed schedule that American audiences are only used to seeing at film festivals. Only all of these performances are in the kind of 3D that doesn’t leave you with a headache.
It’s an unprecedented collaboration within the theater world of L.A., and has elicited support from a consortium of organizations that includes Theatre Communications Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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