Bailiwick Repertory's 5th Annual Directors' Festival | Festival | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Festival

Bailiwick Repertory's 5th Annual Directors' Festival

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


This showcase of directorial aspiration features shoestring-budget stagings of classic and new works. Coordinated this year by Cecille 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, including "American Voices" (April 11 through 14), which features scripts by the likes of Lanford Wilson, Joyce Carol Oates, David Mamet, and Amiri Baraka, and "A Different Point of View" (April 18 through 21), which includes plays by Athol Fugard, Caryl Churchill, Samuel Beckett, and Harold Pinter. 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 11 through 14 follows.


The Disappearance of the Jews

David Mamet's study of two guys (surprise!) reminiscing about the past and confessing about the present is directed by Lauren Stevens.

Survivor Type

One man's struggle for survival on a deserted island is the theme of playwright-director Jeff Casazza's script, based on a Stephen King story.


Lanford Wilson's play journeys through a man's life as he questions social values. Susan Fitzgerald directs.


A Voice of My Own

Brent Ries stages Elinor Jones's "story of passion from the 1750s to the present."


Israel Horovitz's portrait of power struggles focuses on conflicts in a queue. David Billotti directs.


Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin collaborated on this exploration of language, which augments the human voice with percussion instruments. Scott Anderson directs.


How Do You Like Your Meat?

Joyce Carol Oates's dark comedy, directed by Bill Morey, examines the state of confusion as the root of hatred.


Amiri Baraka was LeRoi Jones when he penned this harrowing drama about a white woman's attempted seduction of a black man on a subway. Rick Carter directs.

Poster of the Cosmos

Peter Davis directs Lanford Wilson's piece about a murder suspect's interrogation.



Joyce Carol Oates's study of people threatened by nuclear war is directed by Tori-Dixon.


Free Street Theater artistic director David Schein directs John O'Keefe's performance piece about an accused witch in 17th-century Germany.

Charades on East Fourth Street

"Urban law enforcement out of touch with its community and the innocence and violence of youth" is the theme of Lonne Elder III's play, directed by Ted Love.

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

Add a comment