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Neil LaBute play highlights off-Broadway festival

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 7:39 am •  Published: January 25, 2013

The experiment was launched again last year and attracted an international group of playwrights, all mulling current economic and political issues. LaBute jumped at the chance.

"When I hear the call of theater, off I trot," he says. "While I don't think of myself as an overtly political person, I do like the process. I like the writing and seeing if I can fit my ideas into this thing or can I even subvert this thing a little?"

His play about the Occupy movement tweaks both the older generation wondering what the protest's diffuse issues have in common and the younger, idealistic generation that wants to borrow money to join it.

"As is often the case for me — and probably should be for writers — is not trying to judge the characters, not trying to fall on one side or the other," he says. "I'm not at my best when I have an answer."

LaBute has a reason he can't always see his work: He has plenty on his plate. His play "Reasons to Be Happy" — a companion piece to his earlier "Reasons to Be Pretty" — is heading off-Broadway this summer under his direction. And he's getting a new comedy — "The Money Shot," about a Hollywood movie set where the actors are asked to have sex for real — ready for a Broadway landing in the fall.

In the meantime, he's open to offering his skills for a good cause. "I don't play celebrity golf. So this is my celebrity pro-am — giving some time and work to somebody who has an idea that is worthwhile."




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