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 through October 27, Mondays-Thursdays at 7:30 PM, with a different program of three one-acts each night. Tickets are $8 per program. Each week highlights a different theme: “World Premieres and Visionaries of the Past” concludes October 6; “American Writers” runs 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 6 through 13.


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.


Blue Concerto

Lauren Stevens directs Marvin Seiger’s drama about Jewish working-class folks’ pursuit of the American dream.

The Ping-Pong Players

William Saroyan’s play compares male/female conflict to a ping-pong match; Tony Vezner directs.

The War in Heaven

Avant-garde theater greats Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin teamed up for this study of sacrifice and universal love; Shannon Epplett’s staging is reportedly the first time the work has been performed by someone other than Chaikin.



Romulus Linney’s study of the Russian poet is directed by Jamel Winter.

Moony’s Kids Don’t Cry

Tennessee Williams’s drama “portrays parents and children struggling for beauty and meaning,” says a press release; Taniya Hossain directs.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving’s classic tale of the headless horseman is portrayed through puppetry and masks by the Moving Parts Theater under Michael Baron’s direction.


The Rope

A little-known Eugene O’Neill play about a prodigal son’s return is directed by Anthony Pinizzotto.


Israel Horowitz’s play about “the adaptive sacrifices necessary to protect what we need and love” is staged by Larry Bryan.

The Zoo Story

Edward Albee’s absurdist classic is directed by David Ham.



Sam Shepard’s study of “the failed American dream” is directed by Deanna Shoemaker.

Elegy for a Lady

Arthur Miller’s rarely seen drama is staged by Domenick Danza.

The Gnadiges Fraulein

Mary Spaeth directs Tennessee Williams’s “absurd and obscure . . . commentary on the human ego.”

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lizzy Donius.