Neil LaBute (Writer, Director, Playwright) 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.
His films include: In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature, Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors starring Ben Stiller, Nurse Betty starring Renee Zellweger, Possession starring Gwyneth Paltrow, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play by the same title, and the upcoming film Vapor, shooting this fall.
His plays include: The Mercy Seat, written and directed by LaBute in Fall 2002 in New York starring Sigourney Weaver and Live Schrieber; The Distance From Here, written by LaBute, which ran at the Almeida Theater in London this Spring and will run in 2004 in New York; The Shape of Things which LaBute wrote and directed for London and New York in 2001; and bash: latter-day plays, which LaBute wrote and directed for New York and London in 1999.
Other plays include Filthy Talk For Troubled Times, Lepers, Rounder,and Sangunarians and Sycophants, and Ravages. Adaptations include: Dracula, Woyzeck. LaBute is also the author of several fictional pieces that have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and Playboy among others.