Bailiwick Directors' Festival
Bailiwick Repertory's 10th annual showcase of directorial projects features one-acts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. This year's edition, in which three different plays are presented each evening, finds 18 directors chosen from "numerous applicants . . . identified only by their social security numbers, not names, so that the merit of their directing proposal and resume outweighed any personal influences," a press release proclaims. Productions are organized into "A" and "B" weeks that run alternately between July 20 and August 12, allowing directors to continue working on their shows after their initial performances.
Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. Opens Monday, July 20, 7:30 PM. Through August 12: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per evening.
The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for July 20 through 22.
MONDAY, JULY 20
The Women of Troy
Euripides' tragedy about survivors of the Trojan war is adapted by David Grove and directed by Darcy Hughes.
Ann Erlandson stages Margaret Atwood's darkly comic tale about a woman's fears as she imagines defending herself against assault.
Samuel Jordan directs the Hostage Theater Company in a "jazz-driven performance ensemble piece." Note: This entire program is repeated Monday, August 3.
TUESDAY, JULY 21
How He Lied to Her Husband
George Bernard Shaw's comedy about a romantic triangle is directed by Alice N. Kroman.
Down the Road
Richard Jay Simon stages Lee Blessing's drama, about two journalists whose interview with a serial killer suggests that the murderer's motive was the very kind of attention they're giving him.
A Lesson in the Elements
Two works by Eric Ziegenhagen examine "the hazards of human intimacy and the absurdity of discourse"; S.K. McCanles directs. Note: This entire program is repeated Tuesday, August 4.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
Tough Choices For the New Century
Subtitled "a seminar for responsible living," Jane Anderson's satire on distrust of one's neighbors is directed by Bailiwick Repertory's managing director Patricia Acerra.
Come and Go
Garrett Addams stages Samuel Beckett's enigmatic portrait of three women.
Three African-Americans in a box deal with survival issues in Daniel Owens's play, directed by Darren Dukes. Note: This entire program is repeated Wednesday, August 5.