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Join our live chat with playwright Neil LaBute

February 2, 2011 |  2:15 pm

Neil LaBute online chat

It's been a busy time for Neil LaBute.

The Tony-nominated playwright's "The Break of Noon" opens at the Geffen Playhouse Feb. 2 and will run through March 6. The play, which premiered off-Broadway late last year at MCC Theater in a co-production with the Geffen, revolves around a man struggling with his faith in the aftermath of a horrific office shooting. The L.A. production stars Kevin Anderson (in the role originated in New York by David Duchovny) and features Tracee Chimo and John Earl Jelks from the original cast and Catherine Dent.

LaBute's work can also be experienced this spring when VS. Theatre Company presents his 2002 play "The Mercy Seat," beginning March 19 at [Inside] the Ford. But for now he's headed for London to stage his new play "In a Forest, Dark and Deep," starring Matthew Fox, late of "Lost," and Olivia Williams of "The Ghost Writer." That play is set to open March 14, then he's off to New York, where he will direct his 2004 play "Fat Pig" on Broadway, with Josh Hamilton, Dane Cook, Heather Jane Rolff and Julia Stiles. "Fat Pig" opens April 26 at the Belasco Theatre.

And after that? Well, you can ask him. LaBute will be joining Culture Monster for a live chat at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 2 to answer questions about his plays, his films and just about anything else that comes to mind. Sign up below for the chat.

— Lisa Fung

Photo: Neil LaBute. Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times.