In a Dark Dark House

Neil LaBute
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Two brothers meet on the grounds of a private psychiatric facility. Drew, has been court-confined for observation and has called his older brother, Terry, to corroborate his claim of childhood sexual abuse by a young man from many summers ago. Drew’s request releases barely-hidden animosities between the two: Is he using these repressed memories to save himself while smearing the name of his brother’s friend? Through pain and acknowledged betrayal, the brothers come to grips with and begin to understand the legacy of abuse, both inside and outside their family home.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 118 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

“The most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today.” — David Amsden, New York Magazine

“[LaBute’s] view of modern men and women is unsparing . . . [He] is holding up a pitiless mirror to ourselves. We may not like what we see, but we can’t deny that — if only in some dark corner of our souls — it is there.” —Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News (White Plains, NY)

“Like a chiropractor of the soul, LaBute is looking for realignment, listening for a crack.” —John Istel, Elle

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 7/26/2017
Pages 86
ISBN 9780881456929

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:

IN A DARK DARK HOUSE had its world premiere at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
in a production by the Manhattan Class Company (MCC) Theater in May 2007

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
In a Dark Dark House is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


1/22/2021 – 1/31/2021
Sand Lake Center For The Arts
Averill Park, NY

12/6/2019 – 12/21/2019
Knife Edge Productions
New York, NY

12/9/2016 – 12/18/2016
Proper Hijinx Productions
Fort Worth, TX