Short Eyes

Short Eyes


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Short Eyes by Miguel Pinero

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award

This powerful drama of prison life is set in a house of detention where a group of young convicts-predominantly black and Puerto Rican-taunt, fight, insult, and entertain one another in an attempt to preserve their sanity and to create a semblance of community. When a young white prisoner accused of child molesting is thrown into the cell block by a guard who says he belongs in Sing Sing because "the men up there konw what to do with degenerates like you," the stage is set for an explosive series of events; for, among prisoners, this child molester called "short eyes" is the lowest of criminals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374521479
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/28/1975
Series: Mermaid Dramabook Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 831,504
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.08(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Miguel Pinero, once a burglar, mugger, shoplifter, and drug addict, began writing when serving a five-year sentence in Sing Sing for armed robbery. He was discovered and encouraged by Marvin Felix Camillo, who conducted a drama workshop at the prison. Camillo's workshop grew into an acting company of ex-convicts called "The Family," members of which made up most of the cast in Joseph Papp's premiere production of Short Eyes in 1974. Mr. Pinero died in 1988.

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Short Eyes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i finished reading this play the same day i bought it. i really like his work and i encourage all to read it. peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The play ¿Short Eyes¿ is a powerfully told truth about prison life. The setting takes place in the day room of a House of Detention. The cast of actors are mostly made up of Blacks, Puerto Ricans and a few Whites. They are young convicts. They exchange taunts, fighting & insults just to keep their sanity intact, and some sense of a community. An accused child molester is brought into the cellblock. He is called a degenerate by a guard. A child molester (or in prison slang a ¿short eyes¿) is considered the most despicable of people. Mr. Pinero, while serving a five year sentence for armed robbery in Sing Sing Prison, started writing the play. Marvin Felix Camillo read some of Miguel¿s work and asked him to sign up in his drama workshop in the prison. This was a workshop for convicts interested in writing and acting. Miguel was encouraged to write plays. The drama work shop evolved into an acting company called The Family. Joseph Papp produced the play ¿Short Eyes¿ at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Short Eyes won the best American play of 1973 & 74 by the New York drama critics circle award. Miguel Pinero¿s play ¿Short Eyes¿ is straight on! It doesn¿t pull any punches. It holds back absolutely nothing on life in jail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, this play is just too kool! I really dig the way this Miguel cat got down with the freaks, baby. Junkies, whores, liars, stone cold killers, East Side of New York! Hell, I thought it was Washington D.C. This Miguel dude was defintely a dude for all seasons.