This annual showcase features work by generally unknown pro, semipro, and student directors, who offer their interpretation of scripts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. Each night presents a different program consisting of two or three one-acts, as shown in the listings below. Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Through August 14: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per program.
The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for August 12 through 14.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
Excuse Me, What Are You?, Two From Tennessee, and Architect in the Dust
Excuse Me, What Are You? is a solo performance by director-writer Lisa Wax (created in collaboration with Achy Obejas and Kurt Heintz) that explores "the constructions of race"; Two From Tennessee, directed by Anne Marie Shanahan, links two Tennessee Williams plays into a single performance piece; and Architect in the Dust, directed by Simon Ha, is an ensemble-created play that uses the life of Frank Lloyd Wright to explore creativity and the will to fame and wealth.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
Rough, Art Lab, and Tough Choices For the New Century
Margaret Dube directs Rough, Bret Neveu's "bleak comedy" about life and death in the nightclub scene; Art Lab is an ensemble-created piece directed by Mark Mysliwiec; and Tough Choices For the New Century, subtitled "a seminar for responsible living," is a satire on distrust of one's neighbors written by Jane Anderson and directed by David Kirk.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
The Audition, Binding Arbitration, and He Who Says Yes
Errol McLendon directs The Audition, David Wesley Graham's play about a theatrical tryout; writer-director K.L. Clarke's Binding Arbitration concerns a young man facing a winner-take-all job interview; and He Who Says Yes, directed by Lisa Yeargen, is a cabaret revue based on the music of Kurt Weill, featuring actors from the Annoyance Theatre.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo from "Architect in the Dust".