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Neil LaBute

NEIL LABUTE

  (1963 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  represented by Joyce Ketay

Neil LaBute was born in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the writer/director of the films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, and author of the stage-plays Bash, the Shape of Things (which he also adapted for the screen) and, most recently, the Mercy Seat. He has also directed the feature films Nurse Betty and Possession, the latter adapted from the novel by A. S. Byatt.

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        5 Story Walk Up: Seven Card Draw         Autobahn         Bash         Break Of Noon, The         Chain Play - Production Ii         Character         Coax         Cripples         Distance From Here, The         Falling In Like         Fat Pig         Filthy Talk For Troubled Times: Scenes Of Intolerance         Five Story Walkup         Furies         Gaggle Of Saints, A         Great War, The         Happy Hour         Helter Skelter         In A Dark Dark House         In A Forest, Dark And Deep         In the Beginning         In the Company Of Men         In the Land Of Uz         Iphigenia In Orem         Land Of the Dead         Liars' Club         Love At Twenty         Lovely Head         Medea Redux         Mercy Seat, The         Pick One         Reasons To Be Happy         Reasons To Be Pretty         Romance         Seconds Of Pleasure, A         Shape Of Things,The         Some Girl(S)         Some White Chick         Strange Fruit         Things We Said Today         This Is How It Goes         Unimaginable, The         Wager, The         War On Terror, The         Wrecks



5 Story Walk Up: Seven Card Draw

Synopsis:
This is an evening of dark tales about risk and reward, featuring never-before-produced short plays and monologues
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
written by Neil LaBute, John Guare, Clay McLeod Chapman, Quincy Long, Laura Shaine, Daniel Levin, Daniel Gallant

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Autobahn

Autobahn
Sitting in an automobile was where I first remember understanding how Drama works. Hidden in the back seat of a sedan, I quickly realized how deep the chasm or intense the claustrophobia could be inside your average family car.' Be it the medium for clandestine couplings, arguments, shelter, or ultimately transportation, the automobile is perhaps the most authentically American of spaces. In autobahn, Neil LaBute's provocative new collection of one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat, the playwright employs his signature plaintive insight to great effect, investigating the inchoate apprehension that surrounds the steering wheel. each of these seven brief vignettes explore the ethos of perception and relationship - from a make-out session gone awry, to a kidnapping thinly disguised as a road trip, a reconnaissance mission involving the rescue of a Nintendo 64 to a daughter's long ride home after her release from rehab. the result is an unsettling montage that gradually reveals the scabrous force of words left unsaid while illuminating the delicate interplay between intention and morality, capturing the essence of Middle America and the myriad paths which cross its surface.

Notes:
comprises of: Funny ; Bench Seat; All Apologies; Merge; Road Trip; Autobahn

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-    2003

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Faber and Faber, London, 2006   978-0571211104

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collection of One act Plays

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Bash

Bash
Neil LaBute's Bash is a collection of three darkly brilliant one-act plays. In 'medea Redux', a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her junior high-school english teacher. In 'Iphigenia in Orem', a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room, confessing to an especially chilling crime. In 'a Gaggle of Saints', a young Mormon couple separately recount the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City. all three are unblinking portraits of the evils that are abroad in everyday life; each is distinguished by the raw and yet lyrical intensity that has become Neil Labute's signature.

Notes:
Iphigenia On 0rem/a Gaggle Of Saints/Medea Redux

1st Produced:
off Broadway, NYC    2000

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 2000   978-0571204915

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Three Plays Play/Drama

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Break Of Noon, The

Synopsis:
In this new play by Neil LaBute, David Duchovny will star as John Smith, a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. amanda Peet will play two roles in the production, John's wife Ginger and Ginger's cousin Jesse, both struggling to come to terms with the repercussions of John's revelation. a newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel theatre
121 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014    22 Nov 2010

Company:
MCC Theater

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2012   978-0-8222-2534-8

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Chain Play - Production Ii

Synopsis:
Written over a three month period, each writer is given two weeks to add a scene of between ten and fifteen minutes before passing the script onto the next writer. Performed for one night only. a fundraising event.

Notes:
written by Neil LaBute, Abi Morgan, Mike Poulton, Tanya Ronder

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Character

Synopsis:
a comedy club. the man claims it is his first try at stand-up comedy. His attempts are very poor. He admits that he is gay. then as a punch line claims that he is not and that he really is a stand-up comedian with regular spots at various comedy clubs and has fooled the audience.

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1st Produced:
Circle in the Square Theater, New York    2005

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Contained in: "Wrecks and Other Plays" published by Faber and Faber, London Inc, New York,    -

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Ten minute play. - - Gay, one act

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Coax

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in Wrecks and Other Plays, Faber, London, 2009   -

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Short Play One act

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Cripples

Synopsis:
three older men on a park bench discuss making it with disabled women.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
part of Some of Our Parts A program of seven ten-minute plays About disabilitiesand the people Affected by them

1st Produced:
Clurman theatre
410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10038    22 Jun 2011

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ten min play

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Distance From Here, The

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Samuel French, London, 2005   -

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Falling In Like

Synopsis:
a woman waits "Wondering what I'm doing here. I'm waiting." Labute pushes the boundaries of love, exploring the extent of what society will accept as opposed to what the heart will desire.

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in Wrecks and Other Plays, Faber, London, 2010   -

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Fat Pig

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Cow.' 'slob.' 'Pig.' How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love?Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized - and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally Tom comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

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1st Produced:
MCC, NYC    2004

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Faber and Faber, London, 2006   -

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Filthy Talk For Troubled Times: Scenes Of Intolerance

Filthy Talk For Troubled Times: Scenes Of Intolerance
Sex, sexism, bigotry, and even "Frank f----n' Sinatra" are all given the one-two punch in this finely fused attack on the degraded rubble we sometimes call American culture. This program of short plays written and directed by Neil LaBute is a benefit presentation for MCC theater.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
previous versions of this text, under the same title, were presented at various regional locations, begiing with University of Kansa in 1988

1st Produced:
Westside Dance Project, NYC    Feb 1990

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MCC Theater

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Five Story Walkup

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Notes:
by John Guare, Neil LaBute, Quincy Long, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Clay McLeod Chapman, Daniel Frederick Levin, Daniel Gallant

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13th Street Repertory Company

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Furies

Synopsis:
charts the trajectory of a couple responding to sudden, drastic changes in their lives

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Gaggle Of Saints, A

Synopsis:
a young Mormon couple separately recount the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City.

Notes:
Part of Bash

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Faber and Faber, London, 2000   -

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Short Play One act. - - Gay, theme/character one act

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Great War, The

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part of the 30th Annual marathon of new short plays

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Happy Hour

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AdA - Author directing Author by MARCO CALVANI and Neil LaBute. La MaMa Theatre. New York, NY 10008. From Oct 16, 2014 to Nov 02, 2014. http://lamama.org/ada-author-directing-author/ Playwrights Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani reunite for the second ADA: Author Directing Author. The theme this time around is DESIRE and once again each playwright will direct the other's play. Of the first AdA, Ben Brantley of The New York Times said: "Both playwrights are known for their pitch-black views of human nature, and putting them in collaboration seemed to promise a Halloween-worthy orgy of creepy misanthropy. The entertaining results of this union turn out to be more delicate and complex." Don't miss what promises to be another thrilling pair of works by today's most provocative playwrights. The Second Time By Marco Calvani Directed by Neil LaBute With Phil Burke & Meredith Forlenza Translated by Bing Taylor Happy Hour By Neil LaBute Directed by Marco Calvani With Chris Henry Coffey & Jennifer Mudge

1st Produced:
La MaMa Theatre. New York, NY 10008    16 Oct 2014

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Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter
In a chic restaurant in New York city, a man and his wife meet to take a break from Christmas shopping. He doesn't know that she has already seen him today.elsewhere in town, a couple part. He goes to the office, she visits a clinic. as events unfold, it becomes clear that this is not just any ordinary day.

Notes:
aka Things We said today

1st Produced:
Theater Bonn, Bonn    07 Feb 2007

Company:
Dialogue Productions in association with Yvonne arnaud Theatre

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 2008   978-0571242221

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One act

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In A Dark Dark House

In A Dark Dark House
On the grounds of a private psychiatric facility, two family members find themselves brought face to face with each other's involvement in their traumatic past. In court-ordered rehab, Drew calls on his brother, Terry, to corroborate his story of abuse. Drew's request releases barely-hidden animosities between the two; is he using these repressed memories to save himself while smearing the name of his brother's friend and mentor? these siblings must struggle to come to grips with their troubled legacy, both inside and outside their dark family home
press release

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1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel theatre    2007

Company:
MCC Theater

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 2007   978-0571248261

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Play/Drama

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In A Forest, Dark And Deep

In A Forest, Dark And Deep
Set on a stormy night in a forest, the play tells the story of a semi-estranged brother and sister who meet to clear out a family cabin. Bobby thinks he's simply lending his sister a hand with clearing out her cottage in the forest. But it's a dark and stormy night and his sister has a secret.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY
Faber and Faber Ltd, London (2011) >>>    978-0571277261

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Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 06 Page 280

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In the Beginning

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theatre Uncut co-artistic director Emma Callander said, "theatre Uncut was created to raise debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives. We do this by making our plays available to as many people as possible. "We feel honoured to be working with writers of such high calibre and it thrills me that performances of these powerful short plays will be happening simultaneously across the world, from Scarborough to South Africa. "With the continued cuts to public services in the UK against a landscape of civil unrest and enforced austerity across the world, the need to speak out in resistance is stronger now than ever before."

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Theatre Uncut 2012

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In the Company Of Men

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in the company of men is a black comedy about a psychological love triangle set within 1990s corporate culture. the story of two white collar-managers, Chad and Howard, who maliciously plot to jointly romance the lonely, deaf, beautiful office temp Christine before simultaneously dumping her, is cool and compelling in its depiction of the worst sorts of emotional abuse. What begins as a cat-and-mouse game of one-upmanship quickly escalates into full-scale psychological warfare, with the woman merely a pawn easily captured and tossed aside in a dark, wicked duel for corporate ascension.

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Faber and Faber, London, 1998   -

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Black Comedy Comedy

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In the Land Of Uz

In the Land Of Uz
the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) is a foundation stone of the english language. the KJV was composed as a collective project and written to be spoken. Sixty-Six Books has been created, in the spirit of the original, in the same way. Pulpit to print; stage to page; mediated through many forms oral and written, the KJV has, since its inception, been a fundamental part of written and spoken english.This is a work that has travelled to every continent of the globe. It has been shared as a melodic instrument of inspiration, illumination and mutual understanding; and it has also been wielded as a tool of colonial oppression. Sixty-Six Books is a fresh interpretation of the KJV for the new millennium, celebrating and challenging the traditions and achievements of this great work on the occasion of its 400th anniversary. the curators of this project have gathered together a formidable and inspiring line-up of the best established and emerging writing talent to produce a new version of the KJV for thetwenty-first century. each writer has created anew a book of the KJV - as prose, poetry, Drama, performance, song, or ground-breaking digital form. each writer has spoken back to the KJV with untrammeled inventiveness of the imagination. the voices of Sixty-Six Books, drawn from across five continents, innovate, transmute, transpose, reinvent and talk back to four hundredyears of history. all the works that make up Sixty-Six Books are written to be spoken. Culminating in major performance events at the Bush theatre and Westminster abbey in 2011 in London, Sixty-Six Books is a contribution towards the mutual curiosity, tolerance, and force of collective enterprise and shared humanity that characterizes the international and ancient Arts of writing and spoken performance

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Part of Sixty-Six Books: 21st-century writers speak to the King James Bible. Play is A response to the King James Bible book of Job

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Oberon Books (2011) >>>    978-1849432276

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piece

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Iphigenia In Orem

Synopsis:
a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room, confessing to an especially chilling crime.

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Part of Bash

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Faber and Faber, London, 2000   -

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Short Play One act

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Land Of the Dead

Land Of the Dead
In a chic restaurant in New York city, a man and his wife meet to take a break from Christmas shopping. He doesn't know that she has already seen him today.elsewhere in town, a couple part. He goes to the office, she visits a clinic. as events unfold, it becomes clear that this is not just any ordinary day.

Notes:
double bill with Helter Skelter

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Company:
Dialogue Productions in association with Yvonne arnaud Theatre

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 2008   978-0571242221

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One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Liars' Club

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in Wrecks and Other Plays, Faber, London, 2008   -

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Love At Twenty

Synopsis:
a college student veers between idolatry and vengeance.

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the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company presents Five Story Walkup, An evening of new short plays And monologues by some of today's leading Dramatists, including John Guare, Neil LaBute, Quincy Long, And Clay McLeod Chapman. the following description is from the show's press release: "Follow the travails of mismatched lovers, A webcam provocateur, small-town philosophers, And urban pioneers As they strive to maintain or escape from their domestic situations. these works cover wide narrative territory, exploring cityscapes And rural settings, but Are tied together by An intimate focus on the bond between identity And home." Proceeds from this production will go towards Thirteenth Street Rep's Legal Fund.
nytheatre.com

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Lovely Head

Synopsis:
Two internationally acclaimed director/playwrights, Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani, explores different styles of contemporary Italian and American Dramaturgy. each writes a short act play about Family, then each author directs the others piece. This extraordinary project was developed during a residency at La MaMa Umbria, debuted at the Spoleto Festival in summer 2012, and makes its American premiere at La MaMa New York.

Notes:
part of AdA (Author Directing Author)

1st Produced:
ellen StewArt Theater, La MaMa
66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003    28 Sep 2012

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Medea Redux

Synopsis:
a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her junior high-school english teacher.

Notes:
Part of Bash

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Faber and Faber, London, 2000   -

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Mercy Seat, The

Mercy Seat, The
On September 12, 2001, Ben Harcourt finds himself in the downtown apartment of his lover, amy Prescott. Over the course of the night, Ben and amy explore the choices now available to them in an existence different from the one they knew just the day before. LaBute presents the brutal realities of the war between the sexes and explores whether one can be truly opportunistic in a time of universal selflessness.

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-

1st Produced:
Manhattan Class Company (MCC), NYC    26 Nov 2002

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-

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Faber and Faber, London, 2003   978-0571211388

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-

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Pick One

Synopsis:
Three middle-aged white guys come up with controversial way to solve Americas problems  off the record.

Notes:
part of Theatre Uncut. Theatre Uncut was established in 2011 to encourage debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives.

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political piece

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Reasons To Be Happy

Synopsis:
Three years after a contentious break-up, Steph and Greg are wondering if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she's married to someone else and he's just embarked on a relationship with Steph's best friend, Carly, a single mom whose jealous ex-husband, Kent, has trouble articulating his feelings. Navigating the rocky landscape of conflicting agendas and exploding emotions isn't going to be easy for any of them. REASONS TO BE HAPPY is a funny, surprising, and poignant new play about the choices and sacrifices we are willing to make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal: happiness.

Notes:
companion piece to his critically-acclaimed, Reasons to Be Pretty

1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014    11 Jun 2014

Company:
MCC Theater

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2014   978-0-8222-3005-2

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-

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Reasons To Be Pretty

Reasons To Be Pretty
America's obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating new play. In reasons to be pretty, Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhanded remarks about a female coworker's pretty face (and his girlfriend's lack thereof) get back to said girlfriend. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy Kent, and Kent's wife Carly also enter into the picture and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. as their relationship crumbles, their friends are pulled into the fray and all are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?

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-

1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel theatre
121 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014    02 Jun 2008

Company:
MCC Theater

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2010
Faber and Faber Ltd, London (2011) >>>    978-0-8222-2394-8

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-

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Romance

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
part of Summer Shorts 4: This is the Annual program of new short plays At 59e59. Featured will be eight world premieres: Jonathan's Blaze by Christopher Stetson Boal, directed by Jose Angel Santana; Play With the Penguin by Roger Hedden, directed by Billy Hopkins; the Graduation Of Grace by Wendy Kesselman, director TBa; Fit by Neil Koenigsberg, directed by Merri Milwe; Romance by Neil LaBute, directed by Dolores Rice; the expenses Of Rain by Deb Margolin, directed by Laura Barnett; An Actor Prepares by Timothy Mason, directed by Maxwell Williams; Happy by Alan Zweibel, directed by Fred Berner.

1st Produced:
59e59 theaters
59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022    30 Jul 2010

Company:
ThroughLine artists with J.J. Kandel and John McCormack

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-   -

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Seconds Of Pleasure, A

Seconds Of Pleasure, A
a couple head off for a romantic weekend-or do they?
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
part of Summer Shorts 3

1st Produced:
59e59 theaters, NY, USA >>>    24 Jul 2009

Company:
J.J. Kandel and John McCormack

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 2005
Dramatists Play Service, NY   978-0571221233

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-

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Shape Of Things,The

Synopsis:
How far would you go for love? For art? What would you be willing to change? Which price might you pay? Such are the painful questions explored by Neil Labute in the Shape of Things. a young student drifts into an ever-changing relationship with an art major while his best friends' engagement crumbles, so unleashing a Drama that peels back the skin of two modern-day relationships, exposing the raw meat and gristle that lie beneath.

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-

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Faber and Faber, London, 2002   978-0571212460

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Some Girl(S)

Some Girl(S)
depicts a guy on the brink of marriage visiting a string of jilted ex partners.

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-

1st Produced:
Gielgud, London    12 May 2005

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-

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Faber and Faber, London, 2005   978-0571229826

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100 min Play/Drama

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Some White Chick

Synopsis:
two American dweebs making snuff movies to release on the internet.
- Sam Marlowe, the Times

Notes:
part of Terror 2009, A season of new, short horror plays written by some of our best contemporary playwrights And now in its sixth year, is hosted by Southwark Playhouse for 2009. the evening combines horror, And cabaret As the Grand Guignol tradition is reinvented for the 21st century

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the Sticking Place

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short horror play

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Strange Fruit

Synopsis:
Two little words, and suddenly your whole world changes. An A-list lineup of writers offers unique takes on the moments before, during and after "I do." Witty, warm and occasionally wacky, these plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often hilarious power of love.

Notes:
Part of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS

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Dramatists Play Service, NY   978-0-8222-2654-3

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Gay, one act

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Things We Said Today

Synopsis:
see synopsis for Helter Skelter

Notes:
part of Ensemble Studio theatre's 29th Annual Marathon-a festival of new short plays from A diverse spectrum of American playwrights

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This Is How It Goes

This Is How It Goes
Belinda and Cody Phipps appear to be a typical American couple: teenage sweethearts now married with children and a luxurious home. Typical except that Cody is in almost every respect an outsider - rich and black and different, in the words of Belinda, who finds herself attracted to a white former classmate who has recently returned to town. as the battle for her affections is waged against a backdrop as seemingly serene as a Norman Rockwell painting, Belinda and Cody frankly question the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to a swath of bigotry, deception, and betrayal.

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-

1st Produced:
Public Theatre, NY    27 Mar 2005

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-

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Faber and Faber, London, 2005   978-0571211555

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Unimaginable, The

Synopsis:
a voice speaks from the darkness, challenging our perceptions of adult responsibility amidst the dangers that the modern world presents to our children.

Notes:
part of Terror 2010: Death And Resurrection by April DeAngelis, William ewart, Neil LaBute, Mark Ravenhill

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the Sticking Place and Seabright Productions

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-

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Wager, The

Synopsis:
on their way home from a club in NYC, a guy and his girlfriend are stopped by a homeless man and a game of chance quickly begins to escalate into something more dangerous.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
part of More Of Our Parts: theatre Breaking Through Barriers presents six new plays About disability

1st Produced:
Clurman theatre
410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036    21 Jun 2012

Company:
Theatre Breaking Through Barriers

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-   -

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-

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War On Terror, The

Synopsis:
-

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Part of the Broken Space Season - plays that Are performed either with domestic lighting or in semi-darkness

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Wrecks

Synopsis:
a man in his mid-50s is mourning his wife's death. People often gossiped about the age difference between them - she was 15 years older - but Edward Carr didn't care, because "she was worth loving". He won her from her first husband after a fistfight, and they built a profitable business, which he calls his "kingdom", recovering and renting classic cars (the ostensible reason for the title). the sex was always mighty: he never tired of "being inside her". Yes, LaBute's taboo du jour is incest, and the play is a loose adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex.
Karen Fricker, the Guardian

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in Wrecks and Other Plays, Faber, London, 2007   -

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