Bailiwick Directors’ Festival

Bailiwick Repertory’s tenth annual showcase of directorial projects features one-acts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. This year’s edition, in which several different plays are presented each evening, finds 18 directors chosen from “numerous applicants . . . identified only by their social security numbers, not names, so that the merit of their directing proposal and resume outweighed any personal influences,” a press release proclaims.

Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. Through August 12: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per evening.

The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for August 10 through 12, featuring repeat performances of productions seen two weeks ago.


Calm Down Mother

This feminist play by off-off-Broadway pioneer Megan Terry is staged by Lisa Hackman.

The Great Nebula in Orion

Lanford Wilson, another off-off-Broadway trailblazer, examines the friendship of two women, in this play directed by James Eldrenkamp.

Removing the Glove

Nicolas Minas directs a new comedy by Clarence Coco about “lefties struggling to adjust in a right-handed world.”


The Libation Bearers

Aeschylus’ ancient tragedy is presented in a new adaptation directed by Tom Small.

Safe Sex

Harvey Fierstein’s comedy about gay life in the age of AIDS is staged by Elena Yuan.

Love Letters

A.R. Gurney’s epistolary comedy-drama, a readers’ theater work that traces the lifelong friendship of a staid lawyer and an unstable artist through their correspondence, is directed by Michelle Goltzman.


The Tape Recorder

Australian playwright Pat Flower penned this suspense thriller, directed by Carolyne Haycraft.

A Scene

Fred Gaines’s comedy about premarital infidelity is staged by Malachy Boyle.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): The Great Nebula in Orion theater still.