This annual showcase features work by generally unknown pro, semipro, and student directors, who offer their interpretation of scripts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. Each night presents a different program consisting of two or three one-acts, as shown in the listings below. Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Through August 14: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per program.

The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for July 22 through 24.


Bartleby the Scrivener, The New Organization, and Seagulls

Herman Melville’s tale Bartleby the Scrivener is adapted by Steve Tanner and directed by George Tafelsky; The New Organization is a dark comedy about corporate job anxiety in the 90s, written by Irene Hayes and directed by Aaron Testard; and Seagulls, Caryl Churchill’s play about a telekinetic housewife, is directed by Lynn Magnavite and Jay Needham.


The Unmasking, Gilly, and Buzz

Jonathan Pitts directs The Unmasking, written and performed by grammar-school students; Gilly, written by Mary D. Watson and staged by Kelly Kleiman, is a drama about a young man’s crisis of conscience during World War II; and Buzz, written by Michael Gotch and directed by Doug Long, is a comedy about two pairs of friends gossiping about the previous night’s dates.


Hide-Away, Improvisation, and Factory

Juliet Schaefer directs Hide-Away, a work-in-progress by Christopher Ellis about a runaway teenager; Eugene Ionesco’s Improvisation is staged by Keith Geller; and Kirsten Kelly directs Factory, by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, a pair of absurdist sketches set in a prison and a factory.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of Seagulls.