This Is How It Goes

A Play

Neil LaBute

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Belinda and Cody Phipps appear a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts, children, luxurious home. Typical except that Cody is black--"rich, black, and different," in the words of Belinda, who finds herself attracted to a former (white) classmate. As the battle for her affections is waged, Belinda and Cody frankly doubt the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to a swath of bigotry and betrayal. Staged on continually shifting moral ground that challenges our received notions about gender, ethnicity, and even love itself, This Is How It Goes unblinkingly explores the myriad ways in which the wild card of race is played by both black and white in America.

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"Neil LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard--since Edward Albee, actually--to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power." --Donald Lyons, New York Post

"LaBute [is] our Amrican Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin-sick souls." --John Istel, American Theatre

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Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute is a playwright, filmmaker, and fiction writer. His most recent work for the stage is The Distance from Here, which premiered Off Broadway in 2004.

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This Is How It Goes
A Play
Neil LaBute

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
March 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571211555
ISBN10: 0571211550
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages
$14.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
March 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998314
ISBN10: 1429998318
112 pages
$9.99
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