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The Break of Noon

The Break of Noon
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 1593762852
ISBN-13: 9781593762858
Cast Size: 2 female, 2 male

About the Play:

The Break of Noon has become a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues.

The Break of Noon is a full-length drama by Neil LaBute. Exploring the narrow path to spiritual fulfilment and how strewn it is with the funny, frantic failings of humankind, the play showcases Neil LaBute at his discomfiting best.

What if God told you to be a better person but the world wouldn't allow it? Such is the dilemma facing Joe Smith, a run-of-the-mill white-collar businessman who survives the worst office shooting in American history and is subsequently touched by what he believes to be a divine vision. Amidst the chaos and horror of the shooting, John sees the face of God. His modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation? His journey toward personal enlightenment — past greed and lust and the other deadly sins — is, by turns, tense, hilarious, profane, and heartbreaking.

Cast: 2 female, 2 male

What people say:

"Unsettles exactly as it should…A nifty coup de théâtre that demands that you rethink everything you've seen up to that point." — New York Times

"A darkly comic morality tale." — New York Post

"Neil LaBute has done something quite different in this new play: He's created what basically amounts to a Rorschach test of faith." — Associated Press

"Molière's Tartuffe, a world classic, [is] also based on a transparently obnoxious oaf who parks himself in his gullible friend's home, against the redundant and increasingly desperate advice of the host's family, before trying to marry his host's daughter while seducing his wife … Through all of this, Tartuffe claims to be a humble representative of God, while preaching the gospel of his personal salvation — much like LaBute's protagonist … LaBute, like Molière, is a national class clown, a satirist hurling barbs at sundry hypocrisies, and our inability to know the truth, let alone to tell it … LaBute is not Molière reincarnated, but their plays share a proclivity for cruelty and for trying to fathom why and how people lie—not only to each other, but to themselves." — L.A. Weekly

About the Playwright:

Neil LaBute is an award-winning American playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter. His plays include bash, Reasons to be Pretty (Tony Award nominated for best play), In a Forest, Dark and Deep, and Reasons to be Happy. 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, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend. He is a 2013 recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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