Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Off Broadway's MCC Theater says it has fired playwright-in-residence Neil LaBute and canceled its planned production of his new play, Reasons to be Pretty Happy.
"MCC Theater is canceling the upcoming production of Reasons to be Pretty Happy by Neil LaBute and is terminating his tenure as its playwright-in-residence, effective immediately," the theater said in a statement Thursday. "The theater will be announcing a new play to complete the current season in the coming weeks."
The Hollywood Reporter said the company declined to offer details regarding why it had ended its 15-year relationship with the author of Fat Pig, All the Ways to Say I Love You, Mercy Seat, The Way We Get By, In the Company of Men, Bash: Latter-Day Plays,The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here and Reasons to Be Pretty.
Deadline.com also said no reason for LaBute's firing has been released to the media.
The website further reported Showtime is now looking for a new writer to replace LaBute on its upcoming American Gigolo series.
LaBute has not publicly commented about the developments.