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Bailiwick Directors' Festival 

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Bailiwick Repertory's annual showcase of generally unknown pro, semipro, and student directors features one-acts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. There's a lot more of the latter than the former in this year's fest, which promises greater selectivity than in the past; coordinator Jonathan Pitts notes that the 18 plays being shown were chosen from 36 applicants. In another change from past procedure, every play will be presented twice; the two performances will take place two weeks apart in an attempt to allow directors to "build upon the vision of their show" (i.e., make it better). Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. Opens Monday, July 28, 7:30 PM. Through August 27: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $10 per program; each night's program consists of three one-acts, as shown in the listings below.

The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for July 28 through 30.



Slawomir Mrozek's absurdist comedy about a hostage crisis at an optometrist's office is staged by Romanian film and stage director Val Paraskiv in his U.S. directorial debut.

The Dorians

The hOstage tHeater cOmpany presents playwright-director Samuel Lamar Jordan's drama about a recently widowed woman who takes solace in a guardian angel.

Girl Talk

Kim Clark directs his dark comedy about three women taking part in a marketing study in which the "product" is a partially nude woman.


What Is This Everything?

Kelsey Hartman directs a play by Patricia Scanlon about "two archetypal characters who meet in a coffee shop."

Can My Illness Be My Savior

Director-adapter Kathleen Collins's satire of corporate culture combines two scripts, Our Man in Madras by Gert Hoffman and Top of the Food Chain by T. Coraghessan Boyle.


This dance/theater piece, scripted by Marta Garcia and Nancy Gomez and directed by Garcia, is adapted from Peter Handke's dramatization of the story of Kaspar Hauser, who spent his youth imprisoned in a small cell until he escaped at age 16, and from Donna Williams's autobiography about her experiences as an autistic adolescent.


You Might as Well Live

Stories and verse by Dorothy Parker are woven together under the direction of Jeff Free and Jennifer Thusing to explore the dynamics of romantic relationships.

Edie en Short

Elizabeth Marino directs her adaptation of Kert Hoogstraat's play Ciao, Edie.

Innocent Smells

Keith Geller directs Carey Friedman's darkly comic adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Can My Illness Be My Savior photo by Jonathan Pitts.

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