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Mojo and Other Plays

Mojo and Other Plays

April 2012
Trade Paperback · 300 Pages
$18.95 U.S.
ISBN 9781559364188
Theatre Communications Group

 

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Description

• Jez Butterworth burst onto the theatre scene aged twenty-five with Mojo, “one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years” (Time Out). This first volume of his Collected Plays contains that play plus the three that followed, as well as two short one-person pieces published here for the first time – everything in fact that precedes Jerusalem, “unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century” (Guardian).
Mojo, staged in 1995 but set in the Soho clubland of 1958, “superbly captures the atmosphere of the infant British rock and roll scene where seedy low-lifers hustle for the big time” (Daily Telegraph). It is “Beckett on speed” (Observer) by a “dramatist of obvious talent and terrific promise” (The Times).
The Night Heron (2002) is set in Cambridgeshire Fens amongst assorted oddballs, birdwatchers and the local constabulary. “It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s haunting and it is also strangely beautiful. Above all, it is quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before” (Daily Telegraph).
• In The Winterling (2006) a gangland fugitive is visited by two associates from the city who have other things on their mind than a jolly reunion. “The dialogue is testosterone taut, a sense of menace invades every conversation… and as tales of torture and treachery unfold, the black comedy never misses” (Time Out).
• The housing estate in Parlour Song (2008) is “a place of illicit desire and painful memories, of bad dreams and mysterious disappearances… a play that combines the comic, the erotic and the downright disconcerting with superb panache” (Daily Telegraph).
• Introducing the plays is an interview with Jez Butterworth specially conducted for this volume

About the Author

JEZ BUTTERWORTH: Plays include Jerusalem, Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling and Jerusalem. Mojo, The Night Heron and Parlour Song have been produced in New York in acclaimed productions at Atlantic Theater Company. He has written and directed two films: Mojo (1998) and Birthday Girl (2002). In 2009 he wrote and produced Fair Game. He is writing the screenplay for London Calling, about the British punk rock band, the Clash. He has won two Evening Standard Awards and Olivier, Critics Circle, Writers Guild and George Devine Awards. In 2007, he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.