NEIL LaBUTE (Writer, Director, Playwright) 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.
Films include: In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature, 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 – and The Wicker Man, starring Nicolas Cage. LaBute’s current film project is titled Lakeview Terrace and stars Samuel L. Jackson. It will be released in fall 2008.
Plays include: bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat, Autobahn, Fat Pig, This Is How It Goes, Some Girl(s), Wrecks, In a Dark Dark House, and this Spring Manhattan Class Company will present the world premiere of Reasons To Be Pretty, directed by Terry Kinney.
LaBute is the author of several fictional pieces that have been 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 October 2004.