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NEIL LABUTE (Director) 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. His film credits include In the Company of Men, which won the New York Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmakers' Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Wicker Man, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his own play and the thriller Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington.

LaBute's extensive list of stage plays include "Bash: Latter-Day Plays,” staged in New York in 1999 and London in 2000, both directed by Joe Mantello; "The Shape of Things,” which LaBute wrote and directed for London and New York in 2001; "The Distance from Here,” which ran at the Almeida Theater in London in 2002 (directed by David Leveaux) and in New York in 2004 (directed by Michael Greif); and "The Mercy Seat,” written and directed by LaBute in New York in 2002.

In 2004, the MCC Theater performed five of LaBute's one-act plays, collectively titled "Autobahn.” MCC also staged LaBute's play "Fat Pig,” directed by Jo Bonney, later that year. In 2005, his play "This is How It Goes” premiered at New York's Public Theater, directed by George C. Wolfe. Later in the year, the play debuted at The Donmar Warehouse in London, directed by Moises Kauffman. At the same time, LaBute's play "Some Girl(s)” premiered on London's West End, directed by David Grindley.

In 2005, LaBute directed the premiere of his one-man, one-act play "Wrecks” in Cork, Ireland. In 2006, "Some Girl(s)” made its New York debut at the Lucille Lortel Theater. MCC Theater staged and Jo Bonney directed. In October 2006, LaBute once again directed "Wrecks,” this time for the New York premiere at the Public Theater. In 2007, MCC premiered a new LaBute play, "In a Dark Dark House,” directed by Carolyn Cantor.

LaBute's most recent play is "Reasons to Be Pretty,” which MCC staged at the Lucille Lortel Theater in NYC and was directed by Terry Kinney. The play (with the same director and cast) made its Broadway premiere (and LaBute's) in February 2009. Additionally, Labute's "Fat Pig” ran concurrently in London at Trafalgar Studios on the West End, with the playwright himself directing.

LaBute is the author of several fictional pieces published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Playboy, among others. A collection of his short stories was published by Grove/Atlantic in 2004.

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