Labute New Theater Festival 2014

Playwright: Neil Labute
Director: Various
Dates: July 11, 2014 to August 03, 2014

 Labute New Theater Festival 2014 Finalists

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce the finalists of the LaBute New Theater Festival.  The finalists this year were chosen from over 250 submissions from all over the world. (US/Canada/Wales/Great Britain/France/New Zealand)

Neil LaBute’s World Premiere One-Act “HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH” will be presented nightly at the festival and will be directed by Artistic Director Milton Zoth

The following plays will be produced in this year’s festival.  High School Finalists will be read by professional actors at a presentation in the Gaslight Theater Saturday, July 26. 11 am (Free). Festival tickets on sale now!. Call 314-458-2978 or visit for more information.

2014 Finalists

Playwright – PlayCity, State

July 11-20, 2014

Aleks MeriloLittle Moscow – Brooklyn, NY
Steve KarpRubbas – New York, NY
Thomas Pierce – Blue Lagoon – Seattle, WA
Jan Henson Dow – I Want to Show You Something – Bluffton, SC-

July 25 – August 3, 2014

JJ StrongComeback Special – Los Angeles, CA
John DobleCoffee House, Greenwich Village – New York, NY
Susan SteadmanThe Thing With Feathers – Wilmington, NC

High School Finalists

Pisces by Aidan Murphy, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire,IL
Prosaic Beatings by Jared Ray McSwain, Stockbridge, GA
The Hushed Machine by Amelia Himebaugh, Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, MO

2015 Submissions

Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2014. Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.
Professional Submissions

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes. Up to Eight plays will be chosen. In addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. Mr. LaBute is scheduled to return to participate in the opening weekend activities.
High School Submissions

Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length. Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Send Submissions to:
LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, 360 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
For more information: 314-458-2978 or




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