4th Annual Labute New Theater Festival

Finalists for the 2016 Festival- July 8-31, 2016

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 were presented in readings at the Gaslight Theater Saturday on July 9, 2016 at 11 am.

“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. WellerActor, 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