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Neil Labute + Aimee Mann

Happy Talk

Sunday, October 28, 2012
4:00 PM–5:30 PM

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Neil Labuteis not exactly known for compassionate characters in his plays. However as a follow up to his successful reasons to be pretty he is currently at work on a new play entitled reasons to be happy. He sits down with singer/songwriter Aimee Mannwho recently tweeted ‘What a sad, futile endeavor trying to “make someone happy” is.’
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Interested in the full range of human faults, foibles, dysfunction, and self-delusion? You could spend your evening re-reading the DSM-IV Manual. Or you could opt to spend some time with an even more entertaining catalog of idiosyncracies: Charmer, the latest album from Aimee Mann, as fine a chronicler of the human comedy as popular music has produced. Names have been obscured to protect the guilty, but you will almost certainly recognize yourself in these short narratives, along with the fellow travelers who have conned, enabled, victimized, or (yes) charmed you.
Neil LaBute has written and/or directedBash: Latter-Day Plays (Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, Almeida Theatre); The Shape of Things (Almeida Theatre, Promenade Theatre); The Distance from Here (MCC Theatre, Almeida Theatre); The Mercy Seat (MCC Theatre, Almeida Theatre);Filthy Talk for Troubled Times (MCC Theatre); Fat Pig (MCC Theatre, Trafalgar Studios); Autobahn (MCC Theatre); Some Girl(s) (Gielgud Theatre, MCC Theatre); This is How it Goes (Donmar Warehouse, The Public Theatre); Land of the Dead/Helter Skelter (Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Bush Theatre); Wrecks (Everyman Palace Theatre, The Public Theatre, The Bush Theatre);In a Dark Dark House (MCC Theatre, Almeida Theatre);The Break of Noon (MCC Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse); In a Forest, Dark and Deep (Vaudeville Theatre, Profiles Theatre); The Heart of the Matter (MCC Theatre); Woyzeck (Schauspielhaus Zurich); Things We Said Today (Profiles Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew– additional scenes (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Furies (59E59); The Money Shot (Cape Cod Theater Project).
His films include In the Company of Men; Your Friends & Neighbors; Nurse Betty; Possession; The Shape of Things; The Wicker Man; Lakeview Terrace; Death at a Funeral; Some Girl(s); Some Velvet Morning; Tumble (short); After-School Special (short); Sexting (short); Denise (short); Double or Nothing (short); Bench Seat (short); Sweet Nothings (short); BFF (short).