'LaBute takes us to shadowy places we don't like to talk about, sometimes even to think about.' Newsday Obsession with surface and secrets runs through this second collection of Neil LaBute's work.
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Faber & Faber
'LaBute takes us to shadowy places we don't like to talk about, sometimes even to think about.' Newsday Obsession with surface and secrets runs through this second collection of Neil LaBute's work. The Shape of Things peels back the skin of modern-day relationships to ask how far someone might change themselves for love, or for art. In Fat Pig, a man confronts his friends' - and his own - fixation with Hollywood ideals of beauty when he falls for a 'plus size' young woman. In a Dark Dark House and In a Forest, Dark and Deep are twin tales of sibling conflict. In the first, estranged brothers must reconcile conflicting memories, after one asks for corroboration of childhood abuse. In the second, a man's offer to help his sister clear out her cottage brings a terrible confession into the light. The Shape of Things 'What initially seems a touching study of student romance develops instead into a passionate discussion about the way art feeds on life.' Daily Telegraph Fat Pig 'As large as Helen is, the tender heart of the play is easily twice as big.' Variety In a Dark Dark House 'LaBute toys with expectations and takes pleasure in our discomfort... The play does lead to a pretty dark place - but the ending is not without hope.' Daily Mail In a Forest, Dark and Deep 'It is billed as being about sibling rivalry, but in fact majors on far deeper, dangerous things: the yearning to be understood, female manipulation, and fascinated male disgust at a sister's lurid sexuality.' The Times
In this masterful adaptation, Neil LaBute brings a rich theatricality and his provocative way with language and story to the world of Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, and his beloved Mina—this time, with very much a mind of ...
Author: Neil LaBute
Before acclaimed playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute became the creator and showrunner of Syfy’s hit series Van Helsing, he had already adapted Dracula for the stage—with a fierce female Van Helsing as the vampire hunter. In this masterful adaptation, Neil LaBute brings a rich theatricality and his provocative way with language and story to the world of Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, and his beloved Mina—this time, with very much a mind of her own—infusing the classic gothic tale of terror, obsession, and pathos with a modern edge. Chilling yet stylish in its atmosphere, dark yet deeply human in its emotional impact, Neil LaBute’s Dracula: A Thriller in 2 Acts is a tribute to both LaBute’s dramatic vision and the timelessness of Stoker’s novel.
Now, with The Distance from Here, he has written his most riveting play yet, an intense look at the dark side of American suburbia.
Author: Neil LaBute
His films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors both gained critical renown for their biting satire and caustic wit. Now, with The Distance from Here, he has written his most riveting play yet, an intense look at the dark side of American suburbia. With little to occupy their time other than finding a decent place to hang out—the zoo, the mall, the school parking lot—Darrell and Tim are two American teenagers who lack any direction or purpose in their lives. When Darrell’s suspicion about the faithlessness of his girlfriend is confirmed and Tim comes to her defense, there is nothing to brake their momentum as all three speed toward disaster.
A Casebook Gerald C. Wood. in the two plays which follow the general plot of
classic Greek tragedies (iphigenia in orem and medea redux) the deaths—the
suffocation of the baby and the electrocution of the teenage love child—result
from a ...
Author: Gerald C. Wood
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Neil LaBute: A Casebook is the first book to examine one of the most successful and controversial contemporary American playwrights and filmmakers. While he is most famous, and in some cases infamous, for his early films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, Labute is equally accomplished as a playwright. His work extends from the critique of false religiosity in Bash to examinations of opportunism, irresponsible art, failed parenting, and racism in later plays like Mercy Seat, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, Fat Pig, Autobahn, and the very recent This Is How It Goes and Some Girls. Like David Mamet, an acknowledged influence on him, and Conor McPhereson, with whom he shares some stylistic and thematic concerns, LaBute tends to polarize audiences. The angry voices, violent situations, and irresponsible behavior in his works, especially those focusing on male characters, have alienated some viewers. But the writer's religious affiliation and refusal to condone the actions of his characters suggest he is neither exploitive nor pornographic. This casebook explores the primary issues of the writer's style, themes, and dramatic achievements. Contributors describe, for example, the influences (both classical and contemporary) on his work, his distinctive vision in theater and film, the role of religious belief in his work, and his satire. In addition to the critical introduction by Wood and the original essays by leading dramatic and literary scholars, the volume also includes a bibliography and a chronology of the playwright's life and works.
Johnson slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU is a solo play about love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Mrs. Johnson is a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in a loving marriage. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Mrs. Johnson slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU is a solo play about love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.
Maintaining the balance between the vying forces of theatre and drama has
always been the major challenge of ... The circumstance that the conference also
featured the performances of two plays ( Neil LaBute ' s the shape of things and ...
Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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 he 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 boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.
THE STORY: A love story about the impossibility of love, REASONS TO BE PRETTY introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph.
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
THE STORY: A love story about the impossibility of love, REASONS TO BE PRETTY introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions t
THE STORIES: AMATEURS by David Auburn. Politics and ethics collide when a young woman confronts an older politico about an attack ad he ran against her father years earlier that destroyed the father's career. (1 man, 1 woman.) BOLERO by David Ives. A woman's world threatens to come apart in the middle of the night, when she and her husband hear strange sounds and voices coming through their bedroom wall. (1 man, 1 woman.) BREAKFAST AND BED by Amy Fox. Lex wakes up hungover on the couch in her lover's apartment and wonders where Chris has gone. Chris' roommate, Eloise, is chatty and offers coffee but also asks a lot of probing questions. Is Eloise jealous? Protective? Or is there something else going on? (2 women.) CELL by Cassandra Medley. The only jobs left in Flint, Michigan are at a detention center for illegal immigrants waiting to be deported. Rene has taken in her sister Cerise and niece Gwen, who were homeless, and gotten them jobs with her at the facility. But Gwen's soft heart puts her at odds with the detention center's rules against fraternization, and Rene will not let Gwen threaten her job. (3 women.) DIVERSIONS by Christopher Durang. A man is about to jump off a building when a nun tries to stop him. Aloysius thinks the nun is trying to push the man off and tries to stop the nun. A policeman tries to stop all of them, but he falls off the roof. The whole thing winds up in court, where a game of bridge breaks out and more bodies start to pile up. (7 men, 3 women.) THE GREEN HILL by David Ives. Jake has a vision of a lovely green hill, where he feels free and at peace. He knows the hill is real, and he has to go there. He sees a poster of the hill in a travel agent's window, but the hill's real location proves to be elusive. But Jake is relentless in his search. (1 man, 1 woman, extras.) HAPPY by Alan Zweibel. Donald travels to Boca Raton to find "Happy" Haliday, a favorite baseball player from his youth, and to get his signature on a baseball. The ball has been signed by every member of the 1962 Mets except for Happy, whose career was cut short. But when Happy learns the ball will be worth $28,000 after he signs, and that it's already been sold, will he still sign? (2 men.) A SECOND OF PLEASURE by Neil LaBute. Kurt and Jess are waiting to board a train at Grand Central, when Jess says she doesn't really want to go away for the weekend. Kurt is annoyed. Jess agreed to the trip weeks ago. Why did she wait until now to say something? Finally, Jess admits that it has something to do with her husband. (1 man, 1 woman.) AN UPSET by David Auburn. Two pro tennis players, a younger, polite Romanian on his way up and an older, argumentative American on his way out, are pitted against each other, on and off the court. But they may be more alike than they know, and, like a tennis match, the balance of power keeps shifting. (2 men.) WEIRD WATER by Robert Lewis Vaughan. Sinking further into depression after the death of his son Tommy in Iraq, Hal resists his wife Libby's attempts to help him heal. When Tommy's lifelong best friend Jeff pays a surprise visit he brings a sense of hope with him, and the family finds a way to move forward.
Short works from Neil LaBute , Simon Stephens , Byron Lavery and others . ...
1732 Small Change ( by Peter Gill ) April 10 - May 31 ; The Chalk Garden ( Enid
Bagnold's dark comedy receives its first revival in 30 years ) June 5 - August 2 .
To what extent is an artist licensed to shape and change her medium or to alter the work of another artist? What is acceptable artistic material? At what point does creation become manipulation, and at what point does creation destroy?
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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. The world premi�re of The Shape of Things was presented at the Almeida, London, in May 2001.
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Author: Horton Foote
Publisher: Overlook Press
One of America's preeminent dramatists, Horton Foote returns to the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, with two captivating plays about the bewildering and unsettling encroachment of change in the American south. In a series of haunting dramatic monologues, The Carpetbagger's Children tells the story of three daughters who struggle against the pressures of modern life to uphold their father's dying wish. It is a timeless and elegiac portrayal of a once-vibrant family slowly disintegrating over time. The Actor tells the hilarious and moving story of a young man who'll make any sacrifice to keep his dream from being crushed under the weight of his parents' expectations. It's a charming exploration of artistic ambition from one of modern theater's greatest artists.
Can someone honestly love a person whom they have deceived for thirty years? In Wrecks, a foray into the dark side of human nature, LaBute explores the extent of what society will accept as oppposed to what the heart will desire. This volume also features a collection of short plays.
IN A DARK DARK HOUSE MCC Theatre presents the world première of Neil LaBute's new play . ... The inconsistency is pervasive : a server a two - spouted
flask , holding it high and pouring the had the lineage of a pig down pat ( “ This