Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck want to write a play for you, live


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Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck want to write a play for you. And on Tuesday, they’ll be doing just that -- writing a play, together, in real time in front of you on Culture Monster.

Both are busy, prolific playwrights: LaBute is the mind behind such plays as “Bash,” “The Mercy Seat” and “Fat Pig” and as well as such films as “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends and Neighbors.” He currently is preparing his Tony-nominated play “reasons to be pretty” for a run at London’s Almeida Theatre. Rebeck’s works include “Mauritius,” “Omnium Gatherum” and “The Understudy.” Her play “Poor Behavior” will have its premiere at the Mark Taper Forum on Sept. 18; “Seminar,” starring Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe, opens on Broadway Nov. 20; and her new NBC series, “Smash,” will premiere this winter.


To make this venture interesting and challenging for our fearless playwrights, LaBute and Rebeck won’t know what they’re writing about before they start. We’ve put together some characters and scenarios, and we’d like you to vote for your favorite. We won’t disclose the top vote-getter to the playwrights until they’re ready to start at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday.

Here are the choices. Take a look, then go to the poll below and vote for your favorite.

  • Ann, the CEO of a large corporation, is interviewing Steve for a job, not realizing they had a one-night stand a few years ago. Will he let her know?
  • Former childhood sweethearts Jenn and Joe, now married to others, reunite at their 20th high school reunion.
  • Ted and Sue meet on the Internet but now they’re taking things to the next level -- meeting in person for a “real” date.
  • Surprise! Recently divorced Sandy and Ken are seated together on a six-hour flight across the country.
  • Robin and Rick fall in love, then discover they’re both the product of a sperm donor -- possibly the same one
  • Kristin enrolls in a figure studies class, then realizes that she knows the nude model, Ron, from church.

Now that you’ve voted, join us on Culture Monster Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT to watch as LaBute and Rebeck each take a character and write a play. Afterward, they’ll participate in a live chat with readers. Check back Monday: We’ll have more details, and you can sign up for a email reminder.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo credits: Neil LaBute, Michel Spingler / Associated Press; Theresa Rebeck, Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times