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, and also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab. His films include: “In the Company of Men” (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 Shape of Things” (a film adaptation of his play by the same title), “The Wicker Man,” “Lakeview Terrace,” and “Death at a Funeral.”

LaBute’s plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN (a collection of five of his one- act plays), FAT PIG, SOME GIRLS, THIS IS HOW IT GOES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, and REASONS TO BE PRETTY, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. LaBute is also the author of several fictional pieces that have been published in “The New York Times,” “The New York Times Magazine,” “Harper’s Bazaar,” and “Playboy,” among others. “Seconds of Pleasure,” a collection of his short stories, was published by Grove Atlantic.