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LaBute plays are edgy, controversial

February 4, 2011

The Theatre program at Colorado State tackles the jarring and abrasive plays of Neil LaBute, whose talent for illustrating the human condition makes him a polarizing playwright.

<em>In Medea Redux</em>, a woman tells of her tragic relationship with a school teacher. Image by Rice Rivers Photography.Colorado State's School of the Arts presents two plays by Neil LaBute, a playwright and acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker who is known for his edgy and often unsettling portrayals of human relationships. LaBute has been called  "The most important playwright to emerge in a decade." [John Lahr of The New Yorker]

The plays are directed by Walt Jones, professor and co-director, Division of Dance and Theatre.  


bash is a collection of three stunning, scathing one-act plays that forms a trio of unforgettable personal accounts:

  • In Iphigenia in Orem, a businessman confides a chilling crime to a stranger;
  • In A Gaggle of Saints, a young couple recounts the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City; and
  • In Medea Redux, a woman tells of her tragic relationship with a school teacher.

All three are unblinking portraits of the complexities of evil in everyday life, exhibiting LaBute's signature raw lyrical intensity. bash is exhilaratingly grim, and memorably shocking -- in that one doesn't normally see such gruesome acts onstage, even though they happen every day.

Each piece evokes the violence, sacrifice, and desperation of Euripides plays in a modern sense. The shock of the characters’ actions are not lost on them, as they struggle with reason or bask in it.

bash performances

  • Feb. 1, 3, and 7 at 8 p.m.

  • Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.

Some Girl(s)

In <em>Some Girls</em>, a young man who is nervous about his impending marriage goes in search of former loves. Image by Rice Rivers Photography. In Some Girl(s),a young writer with a beautiful fiancée and a blossoming career becomes very nervous; so begins a single man's odyssey through five hotel rooms, as he flies across the country in search of his former loves.

In grand LaBute fashion, an outrageously funny and deadly serious portrait of the youthful seducer casts a truthful, hilarious light on a young American male as he wanders through the heart of darkness that is himself.

This less abrasive piece still features a signature LaBute twist as each vignette examines the tangled web of relationships, and manipulation.

Some Girl(s) performances

  • Feb. 2 and 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

These plays contain adult language – not appropriate for youth under the age of 17.


Purchase tickets.

  • $9/CSU students
  • $18/public

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603