This showcase of directorial aspiration features shoestring-budget stagings of classic and now 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; the final week's emphasis is on "A Different Point of View" as expressed in the work of such writers as Athol Fugard, Caryl Churchill, Maria Irene Fornes, Samuel Beckett, David Mamet, and Harold Pinter. Bailiwick 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 18 through 21 follows.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18
The Twin Circle Express
Paja Faudree's "bizarre tale about achieving your dream" is directed by Anne-Marie Akin.
Susan Leigh directs the American premiere of this one-act by South African dramatist Athol Fugard, in which five black actors use a bare stage and a political prisoner's coat to explore the ironies and tragedies of life under apartheid.
Rough for Theater I
Derek Goldman directs Samuel Beckett's meditation on power, spiritual poverty, and human handicaps.
MONDAY, APRIL 19
Harold Pinter's study in subtext is directed by Ann Noble.
On the Outside
Tamara McDonough stages Irish playwright Tom Murphy's drama.
Freud meets Marx outside a girls' school, in Chilean writer Marco Antonio's play. Timothy Mooney directs from a translation by Charles Philip Thomas.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20
Belles on Wheels
Jaehn Clare's dance drama celebrates "the trials and tribulations of disability." Under the direction of Minnesota choreographer Timothy Maxxwell-Smith, an ensemble of disabled and nondisabled actors and dancers incorporate text, music, and movement to tell the story of a young woman's experiences following a spinal injury.
Two guys yearn for each other's worlds, in Stephanie Kuwlick's play. Jose M. Calleja directs.
Joe Forbrich's study of souls seeking spiritual fulfillment is directed by Lisa Gingerich.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
Three More Sleepless Nights
Noncommunicative relationships are the focus of Caryl Churchill's play, directed by Deborah Goldstein.
All Men Are Whores
Director Laura Stritt takes an androgynous approach to this collection of sexually themed monologues by David Mamet.
Shira Piven directs Maria Irene Fornes's love story about an American man and a, Hungarian woman in Europe on the eve of World War II; this is a preview of a forthcoming production at Link's Hall.