The Gaslight Theater

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Don't Miss Mike McGuire's

7/24 - 10:30pm,  8/8,  8/22  -8:00pm,

July 10 – August 2, 2015

Three years ago, the distinguished writer (“The Shape of Things”) agreed to participate, not just lend his name, to the festival through St. Louis Actors’ Studio. He is on the jury panel that selects a group of one-act plays from submissions globally. The committee sifted through  submissions to come up with this year’s lineup, a strong mix of distinctive tones and tempos. One slate runs two weekends, the other the following two, but LaBute’s must-see work is performed throughout all four.

A powerful one-man monologue, LaBute’s world premier of “Kandahar” kicks off the evening, showcasing his masterful skills with language. Michael Hogan, a New York actor who grew up in St. Louis, smoothly slips into the full metal jacket of a soldier being interrogated about mayhem he caused while recently back home from Afghanistan. Riveting as he chillingly chronicles the character’s sad and disturbing reasons for his rage, Hogan deftly captures LaBute’s nuances. It’s an unforgettable performance and a gut-wrenching tale.” Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat

"it’s nice to see the Actors’ Studio pick up the banner. It makes St. Louis a hot spot for aspiring playwrights, no matter where they write. Besides, it’s fun if audiences don’t know just what they’re in for. -Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"In its three short years of existence, the LaBute New Theater Festival has become a bone fide event. Opening night last Friday saw a full house of eager people who were there to see new plays – and not just new, but good and interesting works." - Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times

  $35 Admission $30 Students/Seniors
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