LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL Opens Monday, January 14

St. Louis Actors' Studio's The LaBute New Theater Festival returns to New York this year at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street, NYC). The LaBute New Theater Festival is comprised of three premier one-acts by Tony Award nominated playwright Neil LaBute and will begin performances on January 10, and celebrate its press opening on January 14 and running through January 27. Tickets are $47-$57 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

"We are proud of our relationship with Neil and to bring these new plays to New York City as part of The LaBute New Theater Festival. Neil is a prolific and generous playwright and the Festival in St. Louis and NYC is the highlight of what we do.. We are thrilled to bring this festival to the Davenport Theatre and are excited to have audiences experience this festival." St. Louis Actors' Studio Artistic Director, William Roth

"I'm very excited to be working with William Roth and St. Louis Actors' Studio on our fourth incarnation of "The LaBute New Theater Festival" in New York (and headed toward our seventh season in St. Louis in 2019). Together we have created a wonderful venue for a variety of artists to see their work performed in full productions in front of paying audiences-the most valuable way to test their writing in the crucible of an actual performance-along with an important program that caters to high school authors as well. I feel very lucky to have three of my new short plays being staged this year and look forward to a continued partnership with William and his forward-thinking company from the midwest." Neil LaBute

UNLIKELY JAPAN (World Premiere), directed by Neil LaBute, starring Gia Crovatin (TV: "One Dollar," "Billions." Film: Dirty Weekend). In UNLIKELY JAPAN a young woman spots an old flame on television and vividly recounts how a single choice can alter the course of multiple lives.

GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART (World Premiere), directed by John Pierson, starring KeiLyn Durrell (TV: "Better Call Saul," "Shades of Blue," "High Maintenance") and Brenda Meaney (Roundabout's Indian Ink, Mint Theatre's The New Morality). GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART follows a meeting between an under-celebrated artist and his gallery manager as they debate race, culture and what is/what is not "ART" today

THE FOURTH REICH (New York Premiere), directed by John Pierson, starring Eric Dean White (TV: "Chicago Fire," "Blackbookberry"). THE FOURTH REICH focuses on a public speaker as he presents his unique views on modern history, thoughts about the future and ruminations on his favorite painter.

Creative team includes: Patrick Huber (Set Design), Megan Harshaw (Costume Design), Jonathan Zelezniak (Technical Director and Light Design), Seth Ward Pyatt (Production Stage Manager), Josephine Roth (Assistant Stage Manager) and Amy J Paige (Production Assistant).

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