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  • Filthy Talk for Troubled Timesby Neil LaBute

    Soft Skull Press 2010; US$ 14.95

    Neil LaBute burst onto the American theater scene in 1989 with his controversial debut work Filthy Talk for Troubled Times . Set in a barroom in Anytown USA and populated by a series of everymen (and two beleaguered everywomen), this series of frank exchanges explores the innumerable varieties of American intolerance. A unique snapshot of the times,... more...

  • The Distance from Hereby Neil LaBute

    Overlook 2003; US$ 12.99

    More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA. more...

  • Neil LaBute: Plays 1by Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    Filthy Talk for Troubled Time is one of LaBute's earliest plays. A downbeat night at a topless bar exposes the gulf between the twitchy clientele and the waitresses who serve but despise them. The Mercy Seat examines a couple who, on the day after a world-changing atrocity, toy with exploiting it to start a new life. Some Girl(s) follows a... more...

  • In a Forest, Dark and Deepby Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    It was so simple . . . just a few little bits in his diary, files that he kept in longhand with all his thoughts and wishes and dreams . . . Bobby thinks he's simply lending his sister a hand with clearing out her cottage in the forest. But it's a dark and stormy night and his sister has a secret. I know it can't be that bad, whatever was... more...

  • Fat Pigby Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2004; US$ 14.99

    Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms... more...

  • Reasons to Be Prettyby Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 14.99

    In Reasons to Be Pretty , Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker's pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph's lack thereof get back to Steph. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy, Kent, and Kent's wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes... more...

  • Some Girl(s)by Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2006; US$ 14.99

    Your career as a writer is blossoming, your beautiful, young fiancee is waiting to get married and rush off to Cancun by your side--so what is your natural reaction? Well, if you're a man, it's probably to get nervous and start calling up old girlfriends. And so begins a single man's odyssey through four hotel rooms as he flies across the country... more...

  • This Is How It Goesby Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2005; US$ 14.99

    Belinda and Cody Phipps appear a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts, children, luxurious home. Typical except that Cody is black--"rich, black, and different," in the words of Belinda, who finds herself attracted to a former (white) classmate. As the battle for her affections is waged, Belinda and Cody frankly doubt the foundation of... more...

  • Wrecksby Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2007; US$ 15.99

    Can someone honestly love a person whom they have deceived for thirty years? This is the central question behind Wrecks , Neil LaBute's latest foray into the dark side of human nature. Meet Edward Carr: loving father, successful businessman, grieving widower. In this concise powerhouse of a play, LaBute limns the boundaries of love, exploring the... more...

  • Reasons To Be Prettyby Neil LaBute

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 13.11

    Neil LaBute was born in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the writer/director of the films In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors , and author of stage-plays including Bash , The Shape of Things (which he also adapted for the screen) and The Mercy Seat . He has also directed the feature films Nurse Betty , Possession (adapted... more...