Bailiwick Repertory’s sixth annual Directors Festival showcases the aspirations of generally unknown, mostly young pro, semipro, and student directors whose projects range from established classical and contemporary selections to brand-new material. The fest runs October 2 through 27, with a different program of three one-acts each scheduled to begin every night at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $8 per program. Each week highlights a different theme: “World Premieres and Visionaries of the Past” October 2 through 6; “American Writers” October 10 through 13; “New Works and Unknown Treasures” October 17 through 20; and “Symbols and Absurdities” October 24 through 27. The Reader’s festival listings run on a week-by-week basis; here’s the schedule for October 2 through 6.


Memories of My Past

Carlos Tamayo directs an ensemble-generated piece about “living and dying with gangs”; it’s a world premiere.

Emily Dickinson in Bandages

Robin Chaplik directs the U.S. premiere of former Chicagoan Rane Arroyo’s “deeply personal, philosophic, funny, and erotic play about obsession.”

Captain Flywheel and the Produce Section

Ben Mueller and Mike Canter’s “operatic musical,” directed by Becky Brett in its world premiere, concerns a grocery store superhero.


Oedipus Goes to Hollywood

Amy Pigott directs Carson Becker’s California-style retelling of the myth.

The Chair

Laurel Mead’s play “speaks to the need we all have for something more–filling the chair,” says the enigmatic description of this production directed by Catherine Skillman.

Steel Kiss

Frank Pullen directs Robin Fulford’s study of teen gay-bashers.


Go to Arizona and Wait

Don Hayes’s new play about homelessness is directed by James C. Krulish.

The Stars and Paint of Ina and Jake

Nichole Mischler stages Gabrielle Kaplan’s “story of the less-traveled path and the search for self.”

Zack and Jill

David Parr’s play, directed by Rob Chambers, is described as “a wry look at parenting from a gay and lesbian point of view.”


Family Portrait

Alzheimer’s Disease and aging parents are the subject of Barbara Lhota’s drama, directed by Lila Stromer.

Wedding Guests

The eternal question “Why me?” drives Keith Tadrowski’s black comedy, directed by Ed Basden.

Saddle Shoes

A daughter comes to terms with her father and herself, in Kristin Schmidt’s staging of Ruth Tyndall Baker’s drama.


The Dream Home

Mark Stein’s “language play . . . about blood, sweat, and achieving our dreams” is directed by Kimberly Wilson.

At the Hawk’s Well

Director Daniel Nash offers a Noh theater treatment of William Butler Yeats’s Irish classic.


Two people meet by chance in Jay Wright’s slice-of-life play, directed by Virginia Pickens.