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Mojo

Mojo
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Jez Butterworth
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 79
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0822216612
ISBN-13: 9780822216612
Cast Size: 6 men

About the Play:

Mojo is a full-length drama by Jez Butterworth. In the seedy gangster underworld of the rock'n'roll scene, club owners fight for control of Johnny Silver, the latest young sensation. The hit debut play from the author of Jerusalem.

Mojo is a slick and violent black comedy set in the Soho clubland of the 1950s. Silver Johnny is the new singing sensation, straight out of a low-life Soho clubland bar in 1958. His success could be the big break for two dead-end workers in the bar, if they play their cards right and trust the owner of the place to make a good deal with the local money mogul. Before they can dream what to do with all the money they'll make, the owner turns up dead, Silver Johnny disappears, the second in command takes over the bar and power positions are juggled about. Going through the uppers and downers filched from pocketbooks, and trying to keep a lid on the precocious anger of the dead owner's son, the band of losers figures out the law of the streets and who killed the boss, but not in time to save one of their own, and perhaps their souls.

Mojo, the debut play of then 25-year-old Jez Butterworth, stormed straight on to the mainstage of London's Royal Court in 1995, went on to win the Oliver Award for Best New Comedy and earned for its author both the Evening Standard and the George Devine Awards for Most Promising Playwright. Since then the play premiered in the US in 1996 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre; in New York in 1997 at off Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company; in Canada in 1997 at Vancouver's Firehall Arts Centre; and has been mounted by regional repertory houses, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 6 men

What people say:

"...the Royal Court's most dazzling main-stage debut in years." — The Guardian

"Butterworth's play has the verbal menace of Harold Pinter with the physical violence of Quentin Tarantino." — The Sunday Times

"...bristles with masculine energy and menace... a confident, ballsy play which explodes its vision of the perils of hopeless, cocksure, violent, seedy criminality with volcanic power." — The Stage

"Beckett on speed, savagely funny, in fast forward, with no time to wait for Godot." — The Observer

"...wickedly funny, incredibly dark... a combination of strong plotting and zinging dialogue [makes] this play addictive and disconcerting." — The Daily Telegraph

"...a remarkable debut drama." — The New York Times

"The language, blunt and coarse and often hilarious, pours out of the characters with the force of the blaring jukebox rock that forms a leitmotif for the dark, violent action." — The The Chicago Tribune

About the Playwright:

Jez Butterworth is a leading English playwright, screenwriter, and film director whose work is characterized by its distinctive language, dark comedic themes, and lowlife characters. His work has frequently been compared to that of his mentor – playwright Harold Pinter – and to the films of Guy Ritchie. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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