In a Forest, Dark and Deep

In a Forest, Dark and Deep

by Neil LaBute
     
 

Betty and Bobby are sister and brother, but they have little in common. She's a college professor with a prim demeanor, and he's a carpenter with a foul mouth and violent streak. Betty has a history of promiscuity that Bobby won't let her forget, and from their first taunting exchanges there are intimations also of the history between them. Yet on the night when

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Betty and Bobby are sister and brother, but they have little in common. She's a college professor with a prim demeanor, and he's a carpenter with a foul mouth and violent streak. Betty has a history of promiscuity that Bobby won't let her forget, and from their first taunting exchanges there are intimations also of the history between them. Yet on the night when Betty urgently needs help to empty her cabin in the woods—the cabin she's been renting to a male student—she calls on Bobby. In this exhilarating play of secrets and sibling rivalry, which had its premiere in London's West End in 2011, Neil LaBute unflinchingly explores the dark territory beyond, as Bobby sneeringly says, "the lies you tell yourself to get by."
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822229360
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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Praise for Neil LaBute:

"Neil LaBute is the  most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today." —New York Magazine

"The play twists continually, and the truth is always one twist away. LaBute is such a skillful writer—edgy, funny, outrageous . . . "  —Financial Times

"Very much a meditation on what is and is not true . . . and also a further manifestation of the longstanding authorial fascination with the close link between deep intimacy and dark violence." —Chicago Tribune

Meet the Author

Neil LaBute is an award-winning playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter. His plays include: bash, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat, Fat Pig (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), Some Girl(s), and Reasons to Be Pretty (Tony Award nominated for Best Play). 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, and Possesion.

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