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In a Dark Dark House

In a Dark Dark House
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Neil LaBute
Publisher: Farrar Strauss & Giroux
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 86
Pub. Date: 2008
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 0865479836
ISBN-13: 9780865479838
Cast Size: 1 woman, 2 men

About the Play:

In a Dark, Dark House is a full-length drama by Neil LaBute. On the grounds of a private psychiatric facility, two brothers find themselves brought face-to-face with each other's involvement in their traumatic past. Adapted from his short story, Swallowing Bicycles, the playwright has called this powerful piece his most personal.

In a Dark, Dark House explores the darker facets of human relationships and the covert, unwritten bonds that tie families together. Two brothers meet on the grounds of a private psychiatric facility. Drew, has been court-confined for observation and has called his older brother, Terry, to corroborate his claim of childhood sexual abuse by a young man from many summers ago. Drew's request releases barely-hidden animosities between the two: Is he using these repressed memories to save himself while smearing the name of his brother's friend? Through pain and acknowledged betrayal, the brothers come to grips with and begin to understand the legacy of abuse, both inside and outside their dark family home.

In a Dark, Dark House premiered in 2007 Lucille Lortel Theater off-Broadway in New York City. The play opened at London's Almeida Theatre a year later and Neil LaBute created a substantially different version of the play for the London production. Larry Moss directed this revised version for the Los Angeles premiere in 2014 at the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood.

Cast: 1 woman, 2 men

What people say:

"There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute." — The New Yorker

"The most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today."— New York Magazine

"[LaBute's] view of modern men and women is unsparing… [He] is holding up a pitiless mirror to ourselves. We may not like what we see, but we can't deny that – if only in some dark corner of our souls – it is there." — The Journal News (White Plains, New York)

"Like a chiropractor of the soul, LaBute is looking for realignment, listening for a crack." — Elle

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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