2018 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. “The Fourth Reich”, a US Premiere from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.
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Playwright - Play - State
Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Shut up and Dance , NJ
Norman Kline , Advantage God , NY
James McLindon , Hipster Noir ,MA
Michael Long, The Gettier Problem , VA
Sean Abley, Unabridged , CA
Peter McDonough, The Process , IL
High School Finalists
Playwright/ Play/ High School
Sydney Cimarolli, Prodigal, (Webster Groves High, Senior)
Erica O'Brien, This Is Piracy, (Webster Groves High, Senior)
Nick Kime, Our Last Kiss, (John Burroughs, Senior )
Ann Zhang, In Utero, (John Burroughs,Sophomore)
“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.