C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning playwright and political satirist. His early plays and experimental stage-texts were produced during the 1990s in New York City. Since 2001, his plays have been produced and have toured internationally, playing theatres and festivals including Riverside Studios (London), 59E59 Theaters (New York), Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), the Du Maurier World Stage Festival (Toronto), Needtheater (Los Angeles), 7 Stages (Atlanta), English Theater Berlin, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Brighton Festival, and Noorderzon Festival (the Netherlands). His playwriting awards include the 2002 Best of the Scotsman Fringe Firsts (Horse Country), the 2004 Best of the Adelaide Fringe (Horse Country), and a 2005 Scotsman Fringe First (screwmachine/eyecandy). His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing/Methuen Drama (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. (US). His political satire and commentary has appeared on NPR Berlin, in CounterPunch, ColdType, and other journals, and has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Zone 23 is his debut novel.
Critical acclaim for C. J. Hopkins' previous award-winning work ..."A brilliant (and hilarious) critique of the emptiness of American life and the meaninglessness of the popular culture that attempts to fill the void." -- Toronto Globe & Mail"A blistering revelation ... Hopkins' body of work owes a huge debt to the absurdists and so manages to blast beyond the merely political or allegorical to the existential." -- Time Out New York"Sharp, brilliant, intense, fast-moving, made for the moment we live in ... a portrait of a culture caught in a strange and painful paradox between progressive and reactionary attitudes." -- The Scotsman, Edinburgh"A feral ferris-wheel of comedy, confusion, contradiction, obfuscation and bent-out-of-shape straight talking that leaps out of the room at you and harnesses you to its mischievous mindset." - Metro, UK"America's relationship with consumerism and the media is unerringly skewered." -- The Times, London"Hilariously at odds with the mainstream, and much bigger and deeper than the sum of its apparent parts." -- The Herald, Scotland"Stimulating and thought-provoking ... a welcome addition to the canon of all things absurd and beautiful." -- The List, Edinburgh"A gripping satire, which spills into sinister weirdness." -- Die Tageszeitung, Berlin