Bailiwick Repertory and the Lesbian Theatre Initiative have teamed up to present the first edition of what they hope will be an annual multidisciplinary lesbian-centered arts fest April 5-May 4 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. The event features theater, poetry, comedy, stage combat, and music; participants include artists from around the country as well as Chicago. Individual ticket prices are shown below; a festival pass costs $50. In addition to the shows, the festival is sponsoring workshops on performance techniques taught by Cin Salach and Bev Spangler Saturdays at noon from April 6 through May 4; admission is $10 or “pay what you can” at the door. Also, an art exhibit in the Bailiwick lobby will display work by Jennifer Brown, Lorell Butler, Amy Cassata, Ava Jonson, and Heather Schmaedeke. For reservations and information call 773-883-1090 or visit

Following is the schedule for April 5 through 10; a complete festival schedule is available on-line at


Festival Welcome and Opening

A free reception launches the fest. 7 PM.

Looking to the Past: Two Short Plays

This program of one-acts honors three of American history’s notable women. Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist, by Carolyn Gage, finds the antislavery activist sent to a psychotherapist for evaluation. Lorena Hickok & Eleanor Roosevelt, written and originally performed by Pat Bond, is a one-woman show in which pioneering female journalist Lorena Hickok reflects on her loving relationship with the pathbreaking first lady. Marjorie Conn of the Provincetown Fringe Festival stars in the role created by Bond, the Chicago-born comic, activist, and San Francisco nightclub owner who died in 1990. 7:30 PM; $15-$18.

Dyke Mic

This open-mike program features monologuists, poets, comics, musicians, and more. For more information, contact 10:30 PM; $3, $2 for performers.


Looking to the Past: Two Short Plays

See listing for Friday, April 5. 7 PM; $15-$18.


Looking to the Past: Two Short Plays

See listing for Friday, April 5. 5 PM; $15-$18.



This program of music features a diverse array of idioms. Participants include the Big Smith women’s drum ensemble; jazz vocalist Brandie Madrid; the Push rock group; pop singer Julie Scott; and classical guitarist Jennifer Trowbridge. 7:30 PM; $10-$12.

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