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Bailiwick Repertory's 5th Annual Directors' Festival


This showcase of directorial aspiration features shoestring-budget stagings of classic and new works. Coordinated this year by Cecilie Keenan, the event offers the work of 48 directors (chosen from 60 applicants), most of whom you've never heard of before. In a brave effort to bring order to the affair, this year's festival is organized along thematic lines: "World Premieres and New Voices" (April 4 through 7), "American Voices" (April 11 through 14), and "A Different Point of View" (April 18 through 21). Bailiwick Repertory, Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 327-5252. Through April 21: Sundays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per program (each program consists of three one-acts). The schedule for April 4 through 7 follows.


Buried Life

Keith Huff's short comedy about a dysfunctional marriage is directed by James Serpento.

Destiny Street Station

Jamie Denton stages Stephan Perrault's "microcosm of society where life's most vital moments are explored and perpetuated through the encounters of its boldest denizens."

Everyone's Afraid of the Dark

Andrea M. Chambers directs Mia McCullough's portrait of an insecure woman's attempts to run away from her abusive lover and her nasty boss.



Lisa Abbott stages Douglass Hill's play about love.

Private Eye

Romance and mystery are the themes of Cynthia Wassen's play, directed by Shelly Taylor.

Life's Too Short

Mike Dailey is both the director and coauthor (with composer Pat McCurdy) of this new musical comedy about relationships in a therapy group.


The Unwilling Bride

Gab Young's comedy about a woman whose family tries to plan her romantic future is directed by Marian Hank Tomasello.

Fake Ducks

Three old friends go fishing in search of their past and their future, in Cynthia Huse's staging of A.J. Skroska's play.

Private School

Stan Nevin's satire on the quest for money and status is directed by Diane Dorsey.


Where I'm Headed

Leah Ryan's study of two runaways hitchhiking between New York and Colorado is directed by Edward Cheetham.

Roses for Becky

Ryan Gaudet's study of a cat-and-mouse game is directed by Pamela Yado.

Flute Lessons

A woman recalls her friendship with a man who has died of AIDS, in Roy Peabody's drama; it's directed by Bonnie Lucas.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Suzanne Plunkett.

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