Bailiwick Repertory's 14th annual showcase of projects by 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 Muller, and Tennessee Williams to new works. The fest runs through June 19 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Performances are Mondays-Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. 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 10 through 12; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com
MONDAY, JUNE 10
Don't Be Lonely
Jonathan L. Thomas directs Jody Stivers's dark comedy about people looking for love in a soap-opera world.
Brad Lawrence's comedy, directed by Rob O'Brien, concerns a young man who arranges a reunion with the woman who dumped him as her homecoming date a few years before.
Miss the Bus
Jason Kae directs his own script about "one man's attempt at recapturing the spontaneity of his youth."
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
I Dream Before I Take the Stand
Arlene Hutton's study of a woman's reaction to being raped is directed by Danielle Rae Bryan.
Ugly City Game
Maria Ferrari's play concerns sexual perversity in contemporary Chicago. Jesse Geiger directs.
Alexis Williams stages Jon Haller's drama about a daughter trying to bring together her disconnected family in
Three Tall Women
The title trio of Edward Albee's drama are aspects of one character--a rich widow whose casual bigotry, vain materialism, and homophobic sneers drove her gay son away from home. Sara Rosen directs a "selection of text" from this intriguing character study, which is modeled on Albee's relationship with his (now dead) mother.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
Learning to Fly
A man and a woman find a new beginning in their lives at 35,000 feet in the air, in Ronan Marra's play. Ryan Lawrence directs.
Frank Merle directs Brian Troyan's reworking of the story of Beowulf and Grendel, in which the antagonists conduct a verbal battle of wits in the hereafter.
A Lite British Arse
Jack Donahue's satire on the art world is directed by Jason Palmer.