“We are thrilled to work with Neil on this festival. Lending his name and talents to foster new works in the theater is just another example of his generosity and commitment to the arts, and we could not be more proud to host this on-going event.”-William Roth, Founder and Artistic Director of St. Louis Actors’ Studio
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 Filmmaker 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, Death at a Funeral, Some Velvet Morning and Dirty Weekend.
LaBute’s plays include: Bash: latter-day plays , The Shape of Things , The Mercy Seat , The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig (Olivier Award Nominated for Best Comedy), Some Girl(s), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk For Troubled Times , In a Dark Dark House, Reasons To Be Pretty (Tony Award Nominated for Best Play), The Break of Noon, In a Forest Dark and Deep, Reasons To Be Happy, The Money Shot and The Way We Get By. He has also adapted Woyzeck, Dracula, Miss Julie and Antigone for the stage.
For television he has written the series Full Circle, Ten X Ten and Billy & Billie for Directv.
LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.
Finalists for the 2016 Festival
Play/ Playwright/ City, State
July 8-17, Set One
“Life Model” by Neil LaBute
“Fire Sans Matches“ by Jeff Carter, San Francisco, Ca
“Winter Break“ by James Haigney, East Marion, NY
“Mark My Worms“ by Cary Pepper, San Francisco, Ca
July 22-31, Set Two
“Life Model” by Neil LaBute
“American Outlaws“ by Adam Seidel, Chicago, Il
“Blue Balls“ by Willie Johnson, New York, NY
“Show of Affection“ by Laurence Klavan, New York, NY
High School Finalists
High school plays will be presented in readings at the Gaslight Theater Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11 am. Admission is free.
“Shabbat Dinner” by Hannah Knapik, Nerinx Hall HS, Webster Groves, MO
“Lazy Boy” by Charlotte Leavengood, Shorecrest Preparatory, St. Petersburg, FL
“License and Registration Please” by Maia Cataldo,Westford Academy, Westford, MA
“The Sixth Amendment “by Andrew Dickey, Westford Academy, Westford, MA
“Beautiful” by Maya S. Cohen, Adlai E. Stevenson, Lincolnshire, Il
The creative team for the festival includes:
- Neil LaBute – Film Director, Screenwriter and Playwright
- William Roth – Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio
- Milt Zoth – Artistic Director Emeritus, St Louis Actors’ Studio
- Nathan Bush – Actor
- Michael Hogan – Actor, Director
- Edward Scott Ibur – Middle School English Teacher (Webster Groves), Novelist and Co-Founder of the Gifted Writers & Artist Project for Middle School & High School
- John Pierson – Actor, Teacher English and Theatre Departments John Burroughs School
- B. Weller – Actor, Director
- Elizabeth Helman – Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University
- Patrick Huber – Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School
- Chris Limber – Actor, Director, Prison Performing Arts