The 50-odd performing groups in the eight week “festival of Chicago’s international arts” includes a dozen theater companies; those performing October 11 through 17 are described below. On nights when only one theater company is listed here, be assured at least one other program of music, dance, or poetry is also planned, with discount prices available to viewers buying a ticket to all performances on a single night. (A pass to the whole festival costs $40.) All events (which are subject to change) take place at the Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted; for more information, call 733-4668.


BLUE RIDER THEATRE Donna Blue Lachman performs The Uncensored Stories, 1991, an updated edition of her ongoing “autobiographical odyssey” through the last four decades. 9:15 PM. $10.


ABIOGENESIS MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE This group, which fuses dance and drama influences into a distinctive style of movement theater, performs its environmental-awareness piece Wasted: A Brief History of Garbage in a matinee intended to reach young audiences. Viewers are urged to “BYOG”–bring your own garbage to be incorporated into the show. 2 PM. $6.

BLUE RIDER THEATRE Donna Blue Lachman performs The Uncensored Stories, 1991 (see description under Friday, October 11). 9:15 PM. $10.


LATINO CHICAGO THEATER COMPANY Boesman and Lena, Athol Fugard’s harrowing study of a wandering couple displaced because they’re the wrong race, is transported from the South African veldt to the streets of Chicago in the rechristened Guzman and Lena. 7 PM. $6.

KUUMBA THEATRE Doris Davenport performs “The Myth of the Black Matriarch,” a selection from Val Gray Ward’s dramatic text Testimonials: A Praise Piece to Black Men. 8:15 PM. $6; $10 for both performances this evening.