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NEIL LaBUTE is a graduate of Brigham Young University, The University of Kansas, and New York University. While enrolled in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at NYU, he was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab.

His first feature, "In the Company of Men," won the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle's Award for Best First Feature; and went on to become a hit with critics and audiences in its theatrical release. For his script, LaBute was honored with the Best First Screenplay Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

LaBute' s second feature, "Your Friends & Neighbors," premiered in 1998 and also found success with critics and audiences. The film starred Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric, and Ben Stiller.

His plays include "Filthy Talk for Troubled Times," "Rounder," "Sanguinarians & Sycophants," and "Ravages." He also penned adaptations of "Dracula" and "Woyzeck," which have been produced at venues in this country and abroad.

Three of LaBute' s one-act plays were recently staged by director Joe Mantello, under the title "bash, latterday plays." The plays were "Medea Redux," "Iphegenia in Orem," and "A Gaggle of Saints." The stagings, produced by Stephen Pevner, were in New York City (in the summer of 1999); in Beverly Hills (in late 1999); and in London, presented by the Almeida Theater Co. (in the winter of 2000).

The Beverly Hills production of "bash, latter day plays" (starring Ron Eldard, Calista Flockhart, and Paul Rudd) was taped for airing on Showtime.

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