A showcase for generally unknown, mostly young pro, semipro, and student directors, this monthlong event features productions ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material, all in the service of what Bailiwick press materials proclaim "a new world vision." Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Opens Sunday, October 1, 7:30 PM. Through October 26: Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM; no show Thursday, October 5; each program features two or three one-acts packaged under a single title. $8 per evening.
The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; here is the schedule for October 1 through 4.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
Three world premieres: Hermione, an ensemble-written work, directed by Kevin McCoy, about a woman who returns to life 16 years after her death; Voices of My Dim Killed Children, written by Chicagoan Nambi E. Kelley and directed by Rachel Romanski, which "explores issues of cultural denial and unearthing our primal selves"; and Voices of the Mountains, directed by Virginia Schneider and written by Kathy Kahn and Schneider, based on the stories and songs of southern Appalachian women.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
Richard Similio directs British playwright Steven Berkoff's Lunch, about emotional struggles between two people at a deserted beach cafe; Linda Gates stages The Stronger, Strindberg's study of two actresses involved with the same man (the play is presented with an excerpt from Freda Strindberg's Marriage With Genius); and David Gravens directs the Chicago Viewpoints Ensemble, a company influenced by the teachings of Anne Bogart, in The Walkabout's Tale, about "three travelers [who] journey towards a threshold of light, unaware that it is the adventure itself which offers the boon they seek."
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Once Upon a Time
Amy Punt directs the world premiere of Duels After Dark, Taniya Hossain's play about love, deception, and duels in the Renaissance; Amy Lynn Pigott stages the world premiere of Larry & the Werewolf, Jeff Goode's occult thriller; and Joan Schenkar's The Universal Wolf, inspired by the legend of Red Riding Hood, is directed by Megan Carney.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
In The Record Store, written by Greg Nishimura and directed by Duane Sharp, "a man's chance encounter with a high-school classmate rekindles the romantic yearning he denied 18 years before"; Von Mock's Playing God, directed by Robert Nino, concerns a woman forced to choose between her young lover and her simplistic husband; and Strawdog Theatre presents Lindsay Jones's staging of Kreskin Be Damned, by Jamie Pachino, about a young man who loses his girlfriend and his voice.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Suzanne N. Plunkett.