The Distance from Here

Neil LaBute
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A riveting, intense look at the dark side of American suburbia. With little to occupy their time other than finding a decent place to hang out — the zoo, the mall, the school parking lot — Darrell and Tim are two American teenagers who lack direction and purpose in their lives. When Darrell’s suspicion about the infidelity of his girlfriend is confirmed, and Tim comes to her defense, there is nothing to brake their momentum as all three speed toward disaster.

Production Info

Cast: 9 total (4 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 115 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“LaBute, in his most ambitious an best play to date, gets inside the emptiness of American culture, the masquerade and the evil of neglect. THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, it seems to me, is a new title to be added to the short list of important contemporary plays.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

“LaBute’s skill, and the shortness of the scenes, are compelling … [his] excellent writing generates an exact depiction of empty soulless, thoughtless lives.” —Hal Jensen, Times Literary Supplement

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 4/30/2014
Pages 90
ISBN 9780881455762

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:

Originally produced by the Almeida Theater Company, London
Originally produced in the US by Manhattan Class Company, New York

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