Titled "Life Onstage and On Film," his speech will include clips of films adapted from his plays, including "The Shape of Things" and "In the Company of Men." The event is free for students and $5 for the public.A native of Detroit, LaBute also spent part of his youth in Spokane, Wash., and studied theatre at Brigham Young University. He earned a master's in theatre and film history from KU and went on to write screenplays for several major motion pictures. "In the Company of Men" won the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. He went on to direct other well-known films such as "Nurse Betty," "Possession" and "Wicker Man."