Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival

Bailiwick Repertory’s 11th annual showcase of projects by emerging directors features programs of one-acts–one to three per evening–that run the gamut from established classical and contemporary selections to avant-garde rarities and untested original material. The fest runs through August 25 at Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. Performance times are Mondays-Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $8 per evening. Festival listings run on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for August 9 through 11 (subject to change).


Izzy’s Request

Adam Theisen stages Eric Appleton’s comedy about “the fear of knowledge and the luxury of ignorance” in an office.

Day of Absence

African-American theater pioneer Douglas Turner Ward’s satire is directed by Matthew Hahn.



Thomas Gustafson and Cory James created this multimedia piece about a turn-of-the-century photographer who specializes in pictures of freaks–and falls in love with one of his subjects. Gustafson makes his local stage directing debut with this production.

The Mamet Women

Frederick Stoppel’s comedy addresses the plight of actresses seeking good roles in the work of Chicago playwrights. Erik J. Hughes directs.

The Trial of Martha Carrier

Amy Wells’s play, directed by Brandon Belzer, is inspired by the New England witch trials of the late 17th century.


Manny and Jake

Harvey Fierstein’s comedy concerns the rules of sexual attraction in the age of AIDS. Johnny Pelto directs.

Nietzsche Ate Here

Aigars Ceplitis directs Roy C. Berkowitz’s critique of psychological cliches in the gay community.

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