The Way We Get By

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The Way We Get By

by Neil LaBute

The Way We Get By is a 2015 play written by Neil LaBute, directed by Leigh Silverman and produced by Second Stage Theatre, starring Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried.




Beth and Doug: two people who have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is a very awkward encounter after spending one hot night together following a drunken wedding reception they attend. They wake up to a blurry morning where the rules of attraction, sex and society are waiting for them before their first cup of coffee, which leads them to ponder how much they really know about each other and how much they really care about what other people think. The Way We Get By is a play about love and lust and the whole damn thing.







Thomas Sadoski – Doug

Second Stage: Reckless, Becky Shaw (Lucille Lortel nomination), This Is Our Youth, Gemini, All This Intimacy. Broadway: reasons to be pretty (TONY, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations), Other Desert Cities, The House of Blue Leaves. Select Off-Broadway: Other Desert Cities (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award – Lincoln Center); As You Like It & The Tempest (Bridge Project – BAM/The Old Vic); reasons to be pretty (MCC) Stay, Where We’re Born (Rattlestick); The Mistakes Madeline Made (Naked Angels); Jump/Cut (Women’s Project), Select Regional: Santaland Diaries, The Waverly Gallery (Long Wharf); Moonlight & Magnolias (Alliance); Left (NY Stage & Film); The Skin of Our Teeth, Street Scene, Rodney’s Wife, Dissonance (Williamstown). SELECT FILM/TV: The “Law & Order” trifecta, “The Newsroom,” “The Slap,” Wild, I Smile Back, John Wick, Take Care, The New Twenty, Loser. He is a graduate of Circle In The Square Theater School.

Amanda Seyfried – Beth

is best known for her starring role in the Golden Globe nominated musical film Mamma Mia! alongside Meryl Streep and for her role as “Cosette” in Tom Hooper’s Golden Globe winning Les Miserables. Most recently, Amandastarred in While We’re Young opposite of Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. She will next be seen in in Seth MacFarland’s Ted 2 and Joe Wright’s original story of Peter Pan, Pan. Additional film credits include Fathers and Daughters, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Lovelace and Dear John. Additionally, Amanda is Givenchy’s Very Irresistible Ambassador and the spokesperson for the makeup and skincare brand Cle de Peau Beaute.

Neil LaBute


LaBute’s style is very language-oriented. His work is terse, rhythmic, and highly colloquial. His style bears similarity to one of his favorite playwrights, David Mamet. LaBute even shares some similar themes with Mamet including gender relations, political correctness, and masculinity.[20]


Creative (2015)

Neil LaBute – Playwright

Leigh Silverman – Director

Neil Patel – Scenic Designer

Emily Rebholz – Costume Designer

Matthew Frey – Lighting Designer

Bart Fasbender – Sound Designer

David H Lurie – Production Stage Manager

Amanda Kosack – Stage Manager

Telsey & Company – Casting

Second Stage Theatre NYC



Second Stage Theatre Official Website Spring 2015

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