2015 LaBute New Theater Festival

Playwright: Neil LaBute and Others
Director: Christopher Limber, Barry Weller, John Pierson and Patrick Huber
Dates: July 10, 2015 to August 02, 2015
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July 10-19, 2015

“Kandahar” by Neil LaBute
“Cold in Hand” by Steve Apostolina, Burbank, Ca
“Custom” by Mark Young, Chicago, Il
“A Taste of Heaven” by Chris Holbrook, San Francisco, Ca
“Stand Up for Oneself” by Lexi Wolfe, London England
“A Stranger Here Myself” by Rich Orloff, New York, NY

July 24 – August 2, 2015

“Kandahar”-Neil LaBute
“Pitch” by Theresa Masters & Marc Pruter, St Louis, MO
“Homebody” by Gabe Mckinley, New York, NY
“Deirdre Dear” by Norman Yeung , Toronto, ON
“There You Are” by Fran Dorf, Stamford, CT

High School Finalists

Presented in a Reading at the Gaslight Theater Saturday, July 25 – 11 am

“Listen To Me” by Benjamin Killeen, Webster Groves High School, St. Louis, Mo
“Zodiac” by Meghan Rivkin, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire,IL
“The Day Netflix Crashed” by Veronica Silva, Clayton High School, St. Louis, Mo
“Coming In” by Hannah Ryan, Clayton High School, St. Louis, Mo
“Guilt” by Sydney Cimarolli, Webster Groves High School, St. Louis, Mo

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"Three years ago, the distinguished writer (“The Shape of Things”) agreed to participate, not just lend his name, to the festival through St. Louis Actors’ Studio. He is on the jury panel that selects a group of one-act plays from submissions globally. The committee sifted through submissions to come up with this year’s lineup, a strong mix of distinctive tones and tempos. One slate runs two weekends, the other the following two, but LaBute’s must-see work is performed throughout all four. A powerful one-man monologue, LaBute’s world premier of “Kandahar” kicks off the evening, showcasing his masterful skills with language. Michael Hogan, a New York actor who grew up in St. Louis, smoothly slips into the full metal jacket of a soldier being interrogated about mayhem he caused while recently back home from Afghanistan. Riveting as he chillingly chronicles the character’s sad and disturbing reasons for his rage, Hogan deftly captures LaBute’s nuances. It’s an unforgettable performance and a gut-wrenching tale.”

Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat

"it’s nice to see the Actors’ Studio pick up the banner. It makes St. Louis a hot spot for aspiring playwrights, no matter where they write. Besides, it’s fun if audiences don’t know just what they’re in for. "

Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"St. Louis should feel honored that the St. Louis Actors' Studio has established a new summer tradition with their LaBute New Theater Festival..it is an opportunity for all theater-goers to see fresh one act plays that are both thought-provoking and engaging."

Chris Gibson, Broadway World

"In its three short years of existence, the LaBute New Theater Festival has become a bone fide event. Opening night last Friday saw a full house of eager people who were there to see new plays – and not just new, but good and interesting works."

Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times