A Western Theatre Conspiracy returns to the Vancouver stage with the Canadian premiere of Jez Butterworth's electrifying black comedy, Mojo. Drinking, drugs, egos, money and rock 'n' roll form a racy little combo in Mojo, a side-splitting comedy set in a Soho, London nightclub in 1958. Mojo takes us on a brutally funny journey from the birth of rock'n'roll to the violent back rooms of the music business.
The Sunday Times said that, "Butterworth's play has the verbal menace of Harold Pinter with the physical violence of Quentin Tarantino," The Chicago Tribune calls it, "a raucous, flamboyant, high-energy work" and the New York Times has declared it "a remarkable debut drama."
Mojo premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1995 where it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, The Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. It is currently running Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre in New York City.
The Canadian production of Mojo features Vancouver actors Camyar Chai, Bob Frazer, Michael P. Northey, Ari Solomon, Peter Stebbings and Alex Zahara and is directed by Richard Wolfe.
Mojo is at The Firehall Arts Centre from Dec. 17 - Jan. 3. Call 604-689-0926 for ticket information and reservations. --By Mira Friedlander