Neil Labute Comes To Washington, He Kicks Off “A Day In Labuteville” On Sat., Jan. 21

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The Studio Theatre is proud to announce an appearance by Neil LaBute at the festival in his honor.

The Studio Theatre is proud to announce an appearance by NEIL LABUTE at the festival in his honor. On January 21 and 22, the acclaimed dramatist, filmmaker and prose writer will speak after the 2:00 pm matinee performances of Fat Pig. Since opening on January 4, performances of Fat Pig have been selling out far in advance.

The LaBute Festival marks the first time that The Studio Theatre has devoted three of its theatres to the work of a single author. In addition to Fat Pig, the festival includes the world premiere of a new Neil LaBute play, autobahn, as well as Seconds of Pleasure: The LaBute Readings, selections from the playwright’s recently published prose work.

On four days during the festival January 21, 22, 28 and 29, audience members can celebrate “A Day in LaButeville.” These theatre aficionados will begin the day with a matinee performance of the award-winning Fat Pig, followed by a post-show discussion. Next, an hour of readings from LaBute’s short-story collection Seconds of Pleasure offers the opportunity to encounter another side of LaBute’s unique voice. After enjoying a gourmet box dinner with other audience members in The Studio Theatre’s beautiful Marshall Atrium, the experience continues with a performance of the world premiere of autobahn. The ticket price for this special package is $100.

Neil LaBute is not only one of the most powerful and prolific playwrights working today, he is also a screenwriter and filmmaker of great repute. With the publication of his new collection of short stories, LaBute has expanded his interests yet again, making his mark in an entirely new literary form. In 1997, he was propelled into the international spotlight with his debut film In the Company of Men, which he both wrote and directed. Based on one of his early plays, In the Company of Men won LaBute the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival, in addition to numerous other awards. The Studio Theatre has previously produced two of LaBute’s works: the controversial bash: latterday plays, and The Shape of Things.

The LaBute Festival is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and with generous support from Alan and Irene Wurtzel.

FAT PIG INFORMATION

Cast: Kate Debelack (Helen), Tyler Pierce (Tom), Anne Bowles (Jeannie) and Jason Odell Williams (Carter)

Director and Designers: Paul Mullins (Director), Debra Booth (Set Designer), Michael Giannitti (Lighting Designer), Kate Turner-Walker (Costume Designer), Neil McFadden (Sound Designer)

Where: In the Mead Theatre

Dates: January 4 through February 12

Performances: Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 pm, Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm.

Select Tuesdays, 8:00 pm January 17, 24, 31 and February 7.

Ticket Prices: $32 to $52

Special Offer: You will receive a $10 discount on each ticket to autobahn with the purchase of

a ticket to Fat Pig.

Pay-What-You-Can: Saturday, January 8, 2:00 pm. Tickets go on sale two hours before the performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign Interpreted Performance: Saturday, January 7, 2:00 pm

AUTOBAHN INFORMATION

World Premiere!

The Company: Cecil Baldwin, Veronica del Cerro, Paloma Ellis, Scott Kerns, James Konicek, Karen Novack, Elizabeth Richards, Darius Suziedelis, Jesse Terrill and Vanessa Vaughn

Director and Designers: Erica Gould (Director), Colin Bills (Set and Lighting Designer), Kathleen Geldard (Costume Designer) Erik Trester (Sound Designer).

Where: In Stage 4

Dates: January 11 – February 5, 2006

Performances: Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30 pm, Sundays: 7:30pm

Ticket Prices: $25.00

SECONDS OF PLEASURE: THE LABUTE READINGS INFORMATION

Directors: Amy Couchoud and Christopher Gallu

Where: The Milton Theatre

Dates: January 20, 21 and 28, 29

Performances: Saturday and Sunday 5:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $5

“A DAY IN LABUTEVILLE” INFORMATION—YOUR TICKET TO ALL THREE

Dates: January 20, 21, 28 or 29

Performances: Saturday 1/20 and 1/28 Fat Pig 2:00 , Seconds of Pleasure 5:00 and Autobahn 8:30

Sunday 1/21 and 1/29 Fat Pig 2:00 , Seconds of Pleasure 5:00 and Autobahn 7:30

Special Ticket Price: $100 (includes box dinner)

THE STUDIO THEATRE INFORMATION

Founded in 1978, The Studio Theatre is Washington’s premier venue for contemporary theatre. In 2004, The Studio Theatre celebrated the opening of its stunning new four-theatre complex, which Peter Marks of The Washington Post said “immediately establishes itself as one of the best places in town for playgoing.”

Named “the hottest theater on the Washington scene” by Washingtonian Magazine, The Studio Theatre is led by the driving force of Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director; Keith Alan Baker, Managing Director/Artistic Director, Secondstage; Serge Seiden, Associate Producing Artistic Director; and Morey Epstein, Executive Director of Institutional Development. Studio has built a national reputation for consistently providing audiences with unequaled performances, superior productions and area premieres of the latest award-winning writing. To date, The Studio Theatre has produced 130 plays by 116 different playwrights and received almost 200 Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Artistic Excellence. The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory was recently called “the area’s premier professional training facility for actors and directors” by Variety and has trained more than 8,000 actors and directors since its beginning in 1975. The Studio Theatre Secondstage, created in 1988, offers a signature blend of spirited and irreverent performances, provocative productions of created works, cutting-edge writers, musicals and early works by revered authors.

Discounts: Student, senior citizen (62+), and military discount $5.00, (except Saturday evenings).

Student Rush: half-price tickets for full-time students are available one-half hour before curtain on a seating available basis (except Saturday evenings).

Groups: Discount rates available for parties of 10 or more. Call the Group Sales Manager at 202-232-7267.

Accessibility: All performances are fully accessible. FM listening assistive system are available. Call for schedule for sign-interpreted performances. Accessible seats available by reservation. Call the Box Office at 202-332-3300 or V/TTY 202-667-8436.

Location: 1501 14th Street, NW (Northeast corner of 14th and P Streets).

Parking: Please call the Box Office for parking information.

Metro Stops: Red Line: Dupont Circle, Orange/Blue Lines: McPherson Square, and Green Line U Street/Cardozo.

Contact Information:    Tickets: 202-332-3300     V/TTY: 202-667-8436     Fax: 202-332-1187

Administration: 202-232-7267     Admin. Fax: 202-588-5262

Web site: http://www.studiotheatre.org

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