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.
Miguel Piñero; Introduction by Marvin Felix Camillo
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
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,...