Neil LaBute (Playwright) received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title), The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral. His plays include Bash, Latter-day Plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here, Autobahn (a collection of five one-act plays), Fat Pig, Some Girls, This is How It Goes, In a Dark Dark House and reasons to be pretty, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. He is also the author of several fictional pieces that have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Playboy, among others. “Seconds of Pleasure,” a collection of his short stories, was published by Grove Atlantic.