Neil LaBute Returns Off-Broadway this January with LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL - presented by St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:54 am EST 01/04/19

St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Returns to New York with its

Featuring Three Premieres of Plays by Neil LaBute

Directed by Neil LaBute & John Pierson

Cast includes
Gia Crovatin, KeiLyn Durrel Jones, Brenda Meaney and Erin Dean White

Begins Performances on January 10, 2019
Opening is Monday, January 14, 2019

at The Davenport Theatre

St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s (William Roth, Artistic Director) The LaBute New Theater Festival returns to New York this year at the Davenport Theatre https://www.telecharge.com/Images/Product/spacer.gif(354 West 45th Street, NYC). The LaBute New Theater Festival is comprised of three premier one-acts by Tony Award nominated playwright Neil LaBute and will begin performances on January 10, and celebrate its press opening on January 14 and running through January 27. Tickets are $47-$57 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

“We are proud of our relationship with Neil and to bring these new plays to New York City as part of The LaBute New Theater Festival.Neil is a prolific and generous playwright and the Festival in St. Louis and NYC is the highlight of what we do.. We are thrilled to bring this festival to the Davenport Theatre and are excited to have audiences experience this festival.” St. Louis Actors’ Studio Artistic Director, William Roth

“I’m very excited to be working with William Roth and St. Louis Actors’ studio on our fourth incarnation of “The LaBute New Theater Festival” in New York (and headed toward our seventh season in St. Louis in 2019). Together we have created a wonderful venue for a variety of artists to see their work performed in full productions in front of paying audiences—the most valuable way to test their writing in the crucible of an actual performance—along with an important program that caters to high school authors as well. I feel very lucky to have three of my new short plays being staged this year and look forward to a continued partnership with William and his forward-thinking company from the midwest.” Neil LaBute

UNLIKELY JAPAN (World Premiere), directed by Neil LaBute, starring Gia Crovatin (TV: “One Dollar,” “Billions.” Film: Dirty Weekend). In UNLIKELY JAPAN a young woman spots an old flame on television and vividly recounts how a single choice can alter the course of multiple lives.

GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART (World Premiere), directed by John Pierson, starring KeiLyn Durrell (TV: “Better Call Saul,” “Shades of Blue,” “High Maintenance”) and Brenda Meaney (Roundabout’s Indian Ink, Mint Theatre’s The New Morality). GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART follows a meeting between an under-celebrated artist and his gallery manager as they debate race, culture and what is/what is not “ART” today

THE FOURTH REICH (New York Premiere), directed by John Pierson, starring Eric Dean White (TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Blackbookberry”). THE FOURTH REICH focuses on a public speaker as he presents his unique views on modern history, thoughts about the future and ruminations on his favorite painter.

Creative team includes: Patrick Huber (Set Design), Megan Harshaw (Costume Design), Jonathan Zelezniak (Technical Director and Light Design), Seth Ward Pyatt (Production Stage Manager), Josephine Roth (Assistant Stage Manager) and Amy J Paige (Production Assistant).

The LaBute New Theater Festival

January 10 – 27, 2019, Press Opening is set for Monday, January 14, 2019 (21 performances)

Tickets are $47-$57 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200

Davenport Theatre https://www.telecharge.com/Images/Product/spacer.gifis located at 354 West 45th Street, NYC).

Wednesday - Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2PM and 8PM; Sunday at 3PM
Sunday, January 13 at 8PM; Monday, January 14 at 7PM; Wednesday, January 16 at 2PM; Tuesday, January 22 at 7PM

For more information please visit or follow: St Louis Actors' Studio Website; Facebook; Twitter


NEIL LABUTE (Playwright/ Director) 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, The Way We Get By, All The Ways To Say I Love You, How to Fight Loneliness and the upcoming Reasons to be Pretty Happy. He has also adapted Woyzeck, Dracula, Miss Julie, Uncle Vanya and Antigone for the stage. For television he has written “Full Circle,” “Ten X Ten” and “Billy & Billie” for DIRECTV. He is currently the show runner for the Syfy series “Van Helsing” and the upcoming Netflix series “The I-Land”. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic.

JOHN PIERSON (Director) John appeared onstage in STLAS’s first season in The Late Henry Moss, for which he won a Kevin Kline award for Best Supporting Actor and has worked on nearly every season since then as both an actor and a director. John has served on the selection committee for the LaBute New Theater Festival since its inception and has directed numerous festival plays in both St. Louis and in NYC, including the world premieres of Kandahar, Life Model, and Hate Crime, all by Neil LaBute. He has also directed for HotCity’s Greenhouse Festival. A proud longtime Equity member, John has acted for many local companies including Upstream, The Black Rep, New Jewish Theatre, Ozark Actors Theater, Spotlight, HotCity, Muddy Water, Historyonics, Hothouse, The New Theatre, and Insight.

He is the chair of the Theatre, Speech & Dance department at the John Burroughs School.

WILLIAM ROTH (Producer) is the Founder and Artistic Director of St. Louis Actors’ Studio and has been a working actor in theater for over 25 years. He has performed with The Classic Theater Company, American Ballet Theater, River City Players, Magic Smoking Monkey, The Goldenrod Showboat, The International Hemingway Festival, HotHouse Theatre and Muddy Waters. He spent six years with the Orthwein Theatre Company, appearing in several shows, including The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, Hamlet, ER, Emergency Room and Harvey. He has appeared in countless Shakespeare productions, including Richard III, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, A Winter's Tale, As you Like It, MacBeth, Othello and Antony and Cleopatra. STLAS roles include: Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, Earl Moss in Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss and Ben in The Sunshine Boys. William has produced over 50 shows since starting STLAS including the New York premiere productions of Day of the Dog and four seasons of “LaBute New Theater Festival” at the 59E59 street theaters in Midtown Manhattan. He recently appeared as Bill in the STLAS world premiere production of Neil LaBute’s Here We Go Around The Mulberry Bush, George in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theater Circle Award Nominee-Best Actor, Winner Best Comedy). Teach in David Mamet's American Buffalo (Theater Circle Award Nominee-Outstanding Production of a Drama), Charlie Aikin in Tracy Lett's August: Osage County.(Winner Best Supporting Actor Comedy-Broadway World) and as Mervyn in Martin McDonagh's A Behanding in Spokane (Theater Circle Award Nominee-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy). This fall he returned to the Gaslight stage as Horace in Lillian Hellman's classic, The Little Foxes. William is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and served in the U.S. Marine Corps

ST. LOUIS ACTORS' STUDIO (Producer) was founded to bring a fresh vision to theatre in St. Louis. Housed in The Gaslight Theater in historic Gaslight Square, STLAS is committed to bringing engaging theatrical experiences to our community of actors, writers, producers, filmmakers and all patrons of the arts; and to provide a strong ensemble environment to foster learning and artistic expression.

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