English playwright and authorwd:Q368866
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
occupation: playwright, screenwriter, writer, author, stage actor, novelist
John Kingsley Orton (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967), known under the pen name of Joe Orton, was an English playwright, author and diarist. His public career—from 1964 until his death in 1967—was short but highly influential. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective Ortonesque refers to work characterised by a similarly dark yet farcical cynicism.
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