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Bailiwick Repertory’s 14th annual showcase of projects by emerging directors, coordinated by Jason Palmer, features programs of three or four short plays. The scripts run the gamut from selections by Romulus Linney, David Mamet, Thornton Wilder, William Saroyan, Heiner Muller, and Tennessee Williams to new works. The fest runs through June 19 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Performances are Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10; there is no late seating and only five-minute intermissions. For reservations and more information, call 773-883-1090.


All Men Are Whores

This early one-act by David Mamet–a series of intersecting monologues about sexual encounters–is directed by Chad S. Hansing.

Martha Miller

Ligia Popescu stages Romulus Linney’s piece about a man facing death.


This one-act by German avant-gardist Heiner Muller appropriates characters from Les liaisons dangereuses to explore sexual and psychological role playing. It’s directed by Stacy Reid Erickson.


The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden

Nicole Wiley directs Thornton Wilder’s piece about a New Jersey family’s journey through life.

The Chalky White Substance

Eleanor Berman stages a little-known Tennessee Williams work.

Hello Out There

William Saroyan’s drama, about a gambler arrested for rape in a small Texas town, is directed by Michael Buino.


The Yellow Boat

David Saar’s drama, based on the life and death of his own son, concerns a boy with AIDS who learns to understand himself through art. It’s directed by Mary ElizaBeth Peters.


Matthew David’s comedy, directed by Natalie Berning, examines the dynamics among four strangers stuck together in an elevator.

The Layman’s Guide to Safe Sex

The late Chicago playwright Jeff Hagedorn penned this play about romance in the age of AIDS before he died of the disease himself. It’s directed by Daniel Nurczyk.

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