A showcase for generally unknown pro, semipro, and student directors, this monthlong event features productions ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material, all in the service of what Bailiwick press materials proclaim “a new world vision.” Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Through October 26: Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per program; each program features two or three one-acts packaged under a single title.

The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for October 23 through 26.


Stylistically Speaking

Mary C. Beidler directs Euripides’ The Trojan Women in Edith Hamilton’s translation; Prelude and Liebestod, Terrence McNally’s portrait of a lonely man listening to a Wagner concert, is directed by Gregory Copeland; and The Daughters of Eve, written by Nick Toler and directed by Rick Carter, finds women cast out of the mainstream and questioning “the rules and roles imposed upon them by the sons of Adam.”



April Browning directs Bad Girls, Lorilyn Jirges’s “pounding, primal . . . exploration of the roles and experiences of women”; the API Theatre presents Fred’s Life, written by Bryan Zocher and directed by Robert Walker, about a mentally handicapped homeless man; and ClothMother Productions presents Lovesick, Caryl Churchill’s 1967 radio comedy about a doctor who changes people in strange ways, as directed by Maria Earman.


New Beginnings

Janet McKelvey directs Mud, Maria Irene Fornes’s portrait of dirt-poor people; Iguana Productions presents Bananaland, written by Kevin Holladay and directed by John Weagly, about “one person’s histories, real and imagined, and the freedom of being duct-taped to a chair”; and Footsteps Theatre Company presents Temenos–A Sacred Place of Shelter, a dance/theater piece by writer-director Jennifer Ward.


Musically Sound

Mary McGary directs the world premiere of Joanne Koch’s Sandburg Among the Goats, a portrait of poet Carl Sandburg; and Elizabeth Lucas directs Varsity, by Jason Cochran and Leon Ko, about a college football hero who finds his potential withering in the real world.