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Neil LaBute to Return Off-Broadway With LaBute New Theater Festival

The festival, presented by St. Louis Actors' Studio, will comprise three one-act plays, two of them world premieres.

Neil LaBute will present two world premieres and one New York premiere as part of the LaBute New Theater Festival.
(© David Gordon)

St. Louis Actors' Studio has announced that the LaBute New Theater Festival will return to New York this year at the Davenport Theatre. Comprising three one-acts — two world premieres, one New York premiere — by Neil LaBute, the festival will begin performances on January 10 ahead of an opening night on January 14, and run through January 27.

The three plays are:

Unlikely Japan (world premiere), directed by LaBute and starring Gia Crovatin (Billions). In the play, according to a press release, "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 and starring KeiLyn Durrell (Better Call Saul) and Brenda Meaney (Roundabout's Indian Ink). The play "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 Pierson and starring Eric Dean White (Chicago Fire). The play "focuses on a public speaker as he presents his unique views on modern history, thoughts about the future and ruminations on his favorite painter."

The creative team will include 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).