Neil LaBute is a prolific playwright and filmmaker. His other plays include Filthy Talk for Troubled Times; bash: latter day plays; The Shape of Things; The Distance From Here; The Mercy Seat; Autobahn; Fat Pig; This Is How It Goes; Some Girl(s); Wrecks; reasons to be pretty (his Broadway debut, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play); and, most recently, its sequel Reasons to Be Happy. For film, LaBute wrote and directed the Cannes Palme d’Or finalist Nurse Betty; Your Friends & Neighbors; The Shape of Things; In the Company of Men, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature; The Wicker Man; and Lakeview Terrace. He also directed the hit dark comedy Death at a Funeral. He is the author of various fictional pieces that have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Playboy, among others, A collection of his short stories, “Seconds of Pleasure,” was published by Faber and Faber.