This multidisciplinary festival "showcasing Chicago's cultural life" includes a sizable contingent of theater and performance offerings, which are listed below (alphabetically by the names of the companies). Most performances are relatively short (between 30 and 90 minutes long), and are repeated several times during the coming weekend. Shows are held at At the Gallery, 1543 W. Division; the Centrum Building, 1309 N. Ashland; Latino Chicago Theater at the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen; the Paulina, Arts Center, 1735 N. Paulina; the Rudely Elegant Theater, 1934 W. North; A Stage of One's Own, 2051 W. North; Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North; and Wooden Gallery, 1007 N. Wolcott. Admission to everything is free, and no reservations are taken, the Coyote office's general information number is 342-6777.
ABIOGENESIS This company, which incorporates movement, dance, and theater, collaborates with the Precipice instrumental quartet on a new site-specific performance, directed by Angela Allyn. Wooden Gallery, September 13 through 15. Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 9 PM; Sunday, 4 PM.
AMERICAN BLUES THEATRE The itinerant troupe performs selections from its forthcoming production Monsters, featuring vignettes about Chicago life by Keith Reddin, Cynthia Caponera, and Richard Strand. Rudely Elegant, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 PM.
BLIND PARROT PRODUCTIONS The company pairs two short one-acts: Minnesota, by George Sand, and Adult Child/Dead Child, by Claire Dowie. A Stage of One's Own, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 PM.
CHICAGO DRAMATISTS WORKSHOP This company, whose mission is to develop new writers through an ongoing program of readings, offers two plays by Gene Walsh: Ki-O-Te, based on a Native American tale about a mischievous coyote, and Hu?, an exploration of an 18th-century Chinese man's European travels. Discussions follow the readings. Rudely Elegant, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM.
CITY LIT THEATER COMPANY Stories reflecting African American culture and women's experiences are performed by this group dedicated to theatricalizing literary works. Rudely Elegant, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 PM.
CIVITAS THEATRE The play Hills Like White Elephants is described as "a confrontation exploring and testing the boundaries of love." A Stage of One's Own, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM.
CLOUD 42 The Women, Clare Booth Luce's all-female comedy of catty manners is performed in a reading by an all-male cast. At the Gallery, September 14 and 15. Saturday, 3 PM; Sunday, 12:30 PM.
THE CULTURE COUNTER Robert Steel and Robert Bailis wrote this newly commissioned, full-length musical theater piece about the interactions of a disillusioned activist, a "lost artist," a waitress, a paramedic, a performance artist, and "a young man struggling for social equality." Centrum Building, September 12 through 15. Thursday-Saturday, 8 PM; Sunday, 3 PM.
CURIOUS THEATRE BRANCH Company members perform a series of monologues. Rudely Elegant, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 PM.
GADFLY ETHNIC THEATRE The company performs selections from Nothing to Be Embarrassed About, Augie Lehmann's story of a woman's hidden yearning for her family. A Stage of One's Own, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 PM.
I'VE HAD IT THEATER COMPANY The company performs Without Shoes, Susan Murray's comedy about a performance artist who "attempts to connect with an audience she cannot find." Urbus Orbis, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 4 PM.
LATINO CHICAGO THEATER COMPANY This company devoted to presenting Latino theater to multiracial audiences will sponsor a one-act presentation by its youth ensemble. Latino Chicago, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 4 PM.
SOCIETY FOR NEW THINGS The company performs scenes from Back Again, Dan Halstead's play about a robot family, and Petrouchka, a theatrical movement piece set to Igor Stravinsky's ballet score. A Stage of One's Own, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 4 PM.
A STAGE OF ONE'S OWN The company presents A Room of My Own (And I'll Probably Have to Clean It Myself) (see description in regular theater listings). A Stage of One's Own, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 8 PM.
THEATRE STIGMA The Zoo Story, Edward Albee's black-comic shocker about an encounter between two men in a park, is performed in an outdoor setting by this company that describes its style as minimalist. Paulina Arts Center, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM.
TUSCALOOSA Karl Bruder's puppet company enacts legends from Menominee Indian mythology for children and adults. Paulina Arts Center, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 PM.
YURODIVE THEATER COMPANY Two short plays by founder Mark Glinski will be performed: Depot, about a woman reexperiencing a World War II encounter with a Polish resistance fighter, and An Archangel, about "an aging couple whose relationship thrives on alienation." A Stage of One's Own, September 14 and 15. Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Clyde P. Foster.