Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival
Bailiwick Repertory’s 11th annual showcase of projects by emerging directors features programs of one-acts, ranging from 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 23 through 25 (subject to change).
MONDAY, AUGUST 23
Jerry Finnegan’s Sister
James Bagnall stages Jack Neary’s “feel good comedy about the trials of an adolescent love.”
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24
A Little Lear and Laundry
Chicago playwright Howard Casner penned this study of two guys, a struggling playwright and a successful gay nightclub owner, who meet in a laundromat. Aaron Testard directs.
The Art of War: A Play on Relationships
Clint Corley directs an ensemble-created examination of hetero- and homosexual relationships; though the piece’s emphasis is on modern life, it’s inspired by the ancient Chinese text The Art of War.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25
Diggers at a Burial
“Slinking along at the edge of reality and society, you may find yourself brushing the presence of something ancient, dark and loathsome,” says the publicity description for this offering by director-playwright Guy J. Jackson.
Andrew Friedlander’s play, directed by Kevin Hanna, focuses on three couples at a crucial moment in their relationships: the parents of one member of each couple are about to meet their kid’s partner for the first time.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Tom Gustafson.