Joe Orton

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John Kingsley ("Joe") Orton (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967), was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective Ortonesque is sometimes used to refer to work characterised by a similarly dark yet farcical ... more »

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  • ''Every luxury was lavished on you—atheism, breast-feeding, circumcision.''
    Joe Orton (1933-1967), British playwright. Hal, in Loot, act 1 (1967).
  • ''You were born with your legs apart. They'll send you to the grave in a Y-shaped coffin.''
    Joe Orton (1933-1967), British playwright. Dr. Prentice, in What the Butler Saw, act 1 (1969). Speaking to Mrs. Prentice.
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