Joe Orton was born January 1, 1933, in Leicester, England. He first found success in 1964 when his radio play The Ruffian on the Stair was broadcast by the BBC. His three full-length plays were black comedies that scandalized audiences with their examination of moral corruption, violence, and sexual rapacity. His career was cut short when he was murdered by his lifelong companion, K.L. Halliwell.
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