Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Long-Delayed Neil LaBute Play To Debut, Finally

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Neil LaBute's Break of Noon may finally gets it long-delayed premiere, the Times reports...next year. Way back in 2008, the drama about "a spiritual awakening after an office shooting" was set for a January 2009 debut at MCC, where LaBute is the resident playwright. But after his reasons to be pretty got called up to the Broadway big leagues, the theater company put the new play on hold, planning to unveil it nine months later, in September.

Then, in June last year, the company canceled the play altogether, without explanation. LaBute told the Times he wanted to work on another draft.

Which, presumably, he has finished. MCC has announced its line-up for the 2010-2011 season, which includes Break of Noon, as well as new works by Sharr White and Michael Weller. (The latter's new play, Side Effects is conceived as a sort of follow-up to his Fifty Words—which was in production back when the theater company first announced LaBute was being pushed back!)

Good things come to those who wait? Except for the multitudes who despise enfant terrible LaBute, of course.

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