Bailiwick Repertory's sixth annual Directors Festival showcases the aspirations of generally unknown, mostly young pro, semipro, and student directors whose projects range from established classical and contemporary selections to brand-new material. The fest runs through October 27, Mondays-Thursdays at 7:30 PM, with a different program of three one-acts each night (the shows on October 27 will be interpreted for the hearing impaired). Tickets are $8 per program. Each week highlights a different theme: "New Works and Unknown Treasures" concludes October 20, and "Symbols and Absurdities" runs October 24 through 27. The Reader's festival listings run on a week-by-week basis; here's the schedule for October 20 through 27.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
Ron O.J. Parson directs this 1929 melodrama by little-known black writer Eulalie Spence.
The Two Executioners
Absurdist playwright Fernando Arrabal's study of "dedication to authority" is directed by Scott Heckman.
An Evening Spent With Nothing in Mind
Amy Punt directs Jean Reed Bahle's group of short plays exploring "fear of the unknown, denying our needs, and loss of control."
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
Georg Buchner's proto-expressionist classic, which views a man's descent into madness and murder from a class-based perspective, is directed by Stephen Gnojewski.
Here I Am . . .
Nikki Giovanni's poetry is adapted for the stage by Lydia Gartin. Mignon McPherson directs this story of a young middle-class black woman's "search for self and revolution."
Jeff Christian directs Amlin Gray's comedy about a Mouseketeer dealing with social roles.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
Writings by Rainier Maria Rilke, Tadeusz Rozewicz, and Denise Levertov are performed under Julieanne Ehre's direction.
Camille Claudel: Mud and Roses
The Abiogenesis Movement Ensemble's performance piece about a passionate love triangle is directed by Angela Allyn.
Daniel Cunningham directs W.B. Yeats's poetic drama.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26
The Breasts of Tiresias
Surrealist pioneer Guillaume Apollinaire wrote this myth-based drama, first produced in 1917, about a woman who decides to become a man. Andrea Gall directs.
Clear Liquor on Coal Black Nights--Act II: Denvil's Story
Matthew Purdon directs Thomas A. Atkinson's script about "the natural roughness of life."
Leigh Horsley directs Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic about the educational system as a microcosm of social power structures.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
Act Without Words
Samuel Beckett's work is performed by deaf and hearing actors under Robert Schleifer's direction.
The Billy Club Puppets
Federico Garcia Lorca's early one-act was originally performed as a children's puppet show; director Tom Tenney uses live actors and a range of performance styles, including Spanish puppet theater and commedia dell'arte.
Maria Muller directs an ensemble-created piece inspired by the Mahabharata.