Bash: Latterday Plays

Neil LaBute
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This collection includes three related one-act plays: MEDEA REDUX, IPHIGENIA IN OREM, and A GAGGLE OF SAINTS. In MEDEA REDUX, a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her junior high school English teacher; in IPHIGENIA IN OREM, a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room, confessing a most chilling crime; and in A GAGGLE OF SAINTS, a young Mormon couple separately recounts the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City. All three are unblinking portraits of the complexities of evil in everyday life, exhibiting LaBute's signature raw lyrical intensity.

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Press Quotes

“Evil wears an all-American glow in Neil LaBute’s BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS … The characters in this transfixing evening of monologues have that sheen of idealized, corn-country wholesomeness that Madison Avenue has always put such a premium on: clear skin, sparkling eyes and teeth to make an orthodontist cheer. To look at, they’re the human equivalents of a glass of milk. But if you know anything about Mr. LaBute … you probably know already that the milk is laced with arsenic. The stories told in BASH, even the one that occurs beneath a police-interrogation light, all begin with a comforting air of familiarity that goes down bland and easy. Then comes a moment when the taste turns sour, and you feel like gagging. It’s as though characters from Ozzie and Harriet had suddenly pulled a shiv on you … For all its ostensible cynicism, BASH is informed with an earnest, probing moralism as fierce as that of Nathaniel Hawthorne … That’s what Mr. LaBute does best, finding the acid in the blandest substances.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Neil LaBute

    Neil LaBute 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. He also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City. LaBute's plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN, FAT PIG (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), SOME GIRL(S), THIS IS HOW IT GOES, WRECKS, FILTHY TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and THE BREAK OF NOON. In 2011 his play IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP premiered in London's West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic. 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, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2014
Pages 60
ISBN 9780881456134

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Premiered in New York City at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, produced by Eric Krebs and Stephen Pevner

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Bash: Latterday Plays is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


6/6/2025 – 6/14/2025
Orlando, FL

5/23/2022 – 5/23/2022
Red Mic Repertory Company
Montclair, NJ

5/13/2022 – 5/14/2022
Lightswitch Theatre Company
Little Rock, AR

5/12/2022 – 5/12/2022
Lightswitch Theatre Company
Conway, AR

12/17/2020 – 12/17/2020
George Washington University, Trda
Washington, DC

5/30/2020 – 5/30/2020
Waterfront Playhouse
Key West, FL

10/12/2018 – 10/21/2018
Drama Inc.
Atlanta, GA

7/20/2018 – 7/20/2018
Fullerton College
Fullerton, CA

11/15/2017 – 11/18/2017
Univ. Of Wisconsin - Sheboygan
Sheboygan, WI

10/14/2017 – 10/21/2017
Whitmore Lindley Theatre Center
North Hollywood, CA

4/13/2017 – 4/15/2017
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI

1/16/2017 – 1/16/2017
L.i.p. Service,llc
Dallas, TX

1/6/2017 – 1/7/2017
Independent Theater Company
St. Louis, MO

10/14/2016 – 10/29/2016
Sidereal Theater Company
Santa Cruz, CA

5/19/2016 – 6/4/2016
Chino Community Theatre
Chino, CA

5/16/2016 – 5/17/2016
Cameo Theatre
Los Angeles, CA