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Bailiwick Repertory Directors' Festival

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Bailiwick Repertory's 14th annual showcase of projects by 22 emerging directors, coordinated by Jason Palmer, features programs of three or four short plays. The scripts run the gamut from selections by Romulus Linney, David Mamet, Thornton Wilder, William Saroyan, Heiner Müller, Tennessee Williams, and Kenneth Patchen to unfamiliar or untested material. The fest runs June 4-19 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Performances are Mondays-Wednesdays at 7:30 PM (there is no show Wednesday, June 5). Tickets are $10; there is no late seating and only five-minute intermissions. For reservations and more information, call 773-883-1090. Following is the schedule for June 4; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

Negatives

Steve Rowell's study of racial conflict is performed by a black actor in whiteface and a white actor in blackface; it's directed by Jeff Croff.

Fifteen Minutes

Travis Massar directs Dave DeChristopher's portrait of a woman whose fantasy life has her hosting a late-night talk show.

The City Wears a Slouch Hat

Poet Kenneth Patchen's 1942 radio drama "explores the despair that undermines a single voice's attempt to choose poetry over information, communion over isolation, life over death," according to a press release. It's staged by director Tom Arvetis and sound designer Mike Tutaj.

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