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.
Dayroom in the House of Detention. Upstage right is entrance gate. Upstage left is gate leading to shower room and slop sink. Upstage center is a toilet and drinking fountain. Above is a catwalk. Stage...
Praise for Short Eyes
“An authentic, powerful theatrical piece that tells you more about the anti-universe of prison life than any play outside the work of Jean Genet.” —Jack Kroll, Newsweek
“Mr. Piñero writes very well indeed. His dialogue sizzles with truth.” —Clive Barnes, The New York Times