In a Forest, Dark and Deep: A Play

In a Forest, Dark and Deep: A Play

by Neil LaBute


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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: 9781468307047
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 09/25/2013
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,247,741
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Neil LaBute's plays include bash, Reasons to Be Happy, The Money Shot, and The Way We Get By. His films include In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, The Shape of Things, Some Velvet Morning, and Dirty Weekend. Television includes Billy & Billie and Van Helsing. He is a Lucille Lortel Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee and a recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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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

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