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Mortido $20.90 ex GST
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¿Como sabes que esto no es el sueño?
(How do you know this is not the dream?)
How do you know this is not the nightmare?

Mortido is a remarkable crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play all rolled into one.

Jimmy is a small-time dealer and Monte is a biggish-time distributor. Grubbe is a detective. They all want the same thing: to live out their lives in leisure. And a water view would be nice. But for Jimmy and Monte to win, Grubbe has to lose. Same goes the other way.

It begins with a Mexican fable about death and ends in the Western suburbs of Sydney. In between it takes in the public housing on Belvoir  Street, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, quinoa, Nazi Germany, Qantas, Coca-Cola, a seventh birthday party, the Surry Hills police, the property market and a body in the harbour. The connective tissue? Cocaine.

This is Betzien's most ambitious play so far, and a brilliant portrait of the Emerald City: familiar, bizarre, glorious and mean.

A quintessential Sydney tale about crime, globalisation and the killer desire for a bigger house.

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Cast : 10M; 2F, doubling possible

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-549-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


ANGELA BETZIEN is an award-winning playwright. Her work includes Dog Wins Lotto (Queensland Theatre Company, 1997), Playboy of the Working Class (Queensland Theatre Company, 2001), The Suitcase (Real TV/Stage X Festival, 2001), Princess of Suburbia (Real TV, 2001), Kingswood Kids (La Boite Theatre, 2002), The Orphanage Project (Queensland Theatre Company, 2003), Children of the Black Skirt (Queensland Arts Council and Real TV, 2003) Hoods (Sydney Opera House:Ed and Regional Arts Victoria, 2006) Girl Who Cried Wolf (Arena Theatre, 2008, Windmill Theatre, 2011) The Dark Room (Black Swan, 2009), The Teenage Alchemist (Camp Quality, 2009). In 2011 Belvoir Theatre will present the N.S.W premiere of The Dark Room. Children of the Black Skirt , Hoods and War Crimes have been published by Currency Press. Betzien was awarded the prestigious Kit Denton Fellowship at the 2012 AWGIE Awards for War Crimes, as well as the 2012 QLD Literary Award for Best Drama Script.

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