LaBute New Theater Festival

 

2019 Finalists Announced!

Six plays were chosen: one group to be performed in the first two weeks of July, the balance in the second two weeks. “Great Negro Works of Art”, a Midwest Premiere from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. 

Click HERE for Tickets, $35 for adults, $30 for Students (with valid ID) and Seniors (65+) and the Military

July 5-14, Set One

“Great Negro Works of Art” by Neil LaBute, Directed by John Pierson
“Color Timer” by Michael Long (AlexandriaVA), Directed by Jenny Smith 
“Privilege" - by Joe Sutton (West Orange, NJ), Directed by Jenny Smitn
"Kim Jong Rosemary" by Carter W. Lewis (St. Louis, MO) Directed by John Pierson

July 19-28, Set Two

Predilections - Richard Curtis (NY,NY) Directed by Wendy Greenwood 
“Henrietta" - by Joseph Krawczyk (NY,NY) Directed by Wendy Greenwood
"Sisyphus and Icarus a Love story” by William Ivor Fowkes (NY,NY) Directed by Wendy Greenwood
“Great Negro Works of Art” by Neil LaBute, Directed by John Pierson

High School Finalists

Play/ Playwright/ Hometown 

Razor Burn” by Theodore James Sanders (Houston, TX)
“P.B and Gay” by Dylan Hasted (Glendale, CA)
“Stressful Snacks” by Posey Bischoff (St. Louis, Mo)
“We’ll Go Down(In History)” by Ann Zhang (St. Louis, Mo)

“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 

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 and also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab.

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 & 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, Dirty Weekend and the upcoming Fear The Night (along with various short films).

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, The Way We Get By, All The Ways To Say I Love You, How to Fight Loneliness, Reasons to be Pretty Happy and the upcoming Comfort and Bounce The Moon (along with various collections of short plays). 

Adaptations Include: WoyzeckDraculaMiss JulieUncle Vanya and Antigone.

TV Work Includes: Full Circle, Ten X Ten and Billy & Billie for DIRECTV, Van Helsing for SYFY and the upcoming The I-Land for NETFLIX.                            

LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasurea collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.


 

THE CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE FESTIVAL INCLUDES:

 

  • Neil LaBute – Film Director, Screenwriter and Playwright
  • William Roth – Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • John Pierson – STLAS Assoc. Artistic Director, Actor, Teacher English and Theatre Departments John Burroughs School
  • Nathan Bush – Actor, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University
  • Michael Hogan – Actor, Director
  • Wendy Greenwood, Theater Parkway Schools
  • Franki Cambeletta, Founder, Shift Films
  • Ryan Foizey, Actor, Founder, Theatre Lab
  • Edward Scott Ibur –Novelist, Director, St. Louis Literary Award, Associate Director of Dual Enrollment at St. Louis University, Director, Gifted Arts(Writers & Artist Project for Middle School & High School)
  • Julie B. Schoettley – Documentary Film Editor, Script Development Editor
  • Elizabeth Helman – Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University
  • Maggie Doyle Ervin –  English Department, John Burroughs School
  • Patrick Huber – Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School

SUBMISSIONS 2020

Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2019(High school through April 19, 2020).

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, 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.

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.

Submissions should be sent to:
LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, 360 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
For more information: 314-458-2978 or help@stlas.org