Bailiwick Repertory’s Directors Festival ’96

The eighth annual edition of this showcase of directorial talent features work by generally unknown pros, semipros, and students; selections range in content from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Opens Monday, July 15, 7:30 PM. Through August 14: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per program; each program features two or three one-acts, as shown in the listings below.

The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for July 15 through 17.

MONDAY, JULY 15

The Hidden City, Five Minutes, and Ike & Tina’s Wedding

The Hidden City is an ensemble-created multimedia piece staged by Charlie Levin; Five Minutes, by Bruce Marshall Romans, is director Erin Jones’s attempt to create suspense “through rhythm, physicality, and the spatial relationship of two characters”–a homeless man and a passerby; and Ike & Tina’s Wedding is a new comic rock opera written by Second City vets Frances Callier (who also directs) and John Hildreth, that may leave you asking: What’s love got to do with this?!

TUESDAY, JULY 16

The Hidden City, Stroking Violet, and The Sandalwood Box

The Hidden City, repeated from Monday, is an ensemble-created multimedia piece staged by Charlie Levin; Dave A. Thomas’s dark drama Stroking Violet, directed by Jason McDougald, concerns incest and art; Mac Wellman’s surrealistic The Sandalwood Box, which uses dream logic and magical imagery, is directed by stage magician David Parr.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

You Say Tomato, I Say . . ., Birds, and American Heart

You Say Tomato, I Say . . . is a children’s play about “identity and prejudice in the produce world”, written by Ericka Kreutz and staged by Gillian McNally; Birds, directed by Lucy Smith, is a new version of the Hansel and Gretel story; and American Heart, directed by Samuel Jordan, is an ensemble-created multimedia piece about an interracial couple trying to overcome both society’s prejudices and their own.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo from “Five Minutes”.