Neil Labute

Neil LaBute received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in- Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City.

LaBute's plays include: Bash: Latter-day Plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), Some Girl(s), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, In a Dark Dark House, Reasons to Be Pretty (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and The Break of Noon. In the spring of 2011 his play In a Forest, Dark and Deep premiered in London's West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.

His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

Books by Neil Labute

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 ...

'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 ...

Brothers Terry and Drew are worlds apart. The extraordinary circumstances of their reunion force them to relive the carefully forgotten memories of their childhood.

An encounter with a pretty girl ...

It was so simple ...  just a few little bits in his diary, files that he kept in longhand with all his thoughts and wishes and dreams ...

Bobby thinks he’s ...

You know what fools us, tricks us into thinking that it isn't really happening down the block and in our state and across the ocean? We get used to ...

Spanning his career from 1990 to 2013, this collection brings together plays by Neil LaBute that take an unflinching look at the turbulent relationships between men and women.

Filthy Talk ...

Greg is overheard admitting that his girlfriend Steph is no beauty, but that he wouldn't change her for the world. She is devastated; he can't see what he ...

A provocative collection of short fiction by award-winning writer, director and playwright Neil LaBute, whose work 'continues to probe the fascinating dark side of individualism' ( New Yorker ). In this, his ...

Your career as a writer is blossoming, your beautiful, young fiancee is waiting to get married and rush off to Cancun by your side, so what is your natural reaction ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Your Friends and Neighbors is another of Neil Labute's tales of men behaving badly towards women. His debut feature, In the Company of Men, was described by Variety as ...

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