The play premiered at the theater of the riverside church 1, was then produced offbroadway at the joseph papp public theater on february 28, 1974, and transferred after 54 performances to the vivian beaumont theater on broadway on may 23, 1974. Miguel pinero this powerful drama of prison life is set in a house of detention where a group of young. Winner of the new york drama critics circle awardthis powerful drama of prison life is set in a house of detention where a group of young. Miguel pinero and joseph papp holding an award won for. It was the first play written by a puerto rican to be put on broadway. He was discovered and encouraged by marvin felix camillo, who conducted a drama workshop at the prison. Short eyes, miguel pineros screen adaptation of his stage play, is so tightly and effectively constructed within its small enclosed landscape. As his short eyes triumphs on the screen, miguel pinero still faces an armed robbery rap this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Camillos workshop grew into an acting company of exconvicts called the family, members of which made up most of the.
In the 1970s, pinero cofounded the nuyorican new yorkpuerto rican poets cafe with a group of artists including miguel algarin, who became one of his best friends. Later, short eyes was performed offbroadway for the public. Pinero continued to write after he left prison and he also began to act with small film roles. Gussow called this play a departure for pinero, and a sign that this playwright was expanding his repertoire. Discussion of themes and motifs in miguel pineros short eyes. This winner of the 1974 new york drama critics circle award by miguel pinero was presented the week of nov. Built around the story of a child molester short eyes in prison verned that it was for mature audiences. Short eyes mermaid dramabook miguel pinero, marvin felix camillo on. As a playwright, he is best known for his controversial play short eyes, which won the obie award and the new york drama critics circle award for best american play of the 19731974. I first met miguel pinero in 1972, shortly after his release from sing sing penitentiary, where for the past year he had found the courage to write and develop a play called short eyes about the very place in which he was living. Miguel pinero, once a burglar, mugger, shoplifter, and drug addict, began writing when serving a fiveyear sentence in sing sing for armed robbery. Short eyes, which won an obie award and the new york drama critics circle award as best american play in 1974, was later made into a film with a screenplay by mr. The first play written by a puerto rican to be performed on broadway, american playwright miguel pineros dramatic play short eyes 1974 concerns a middleclass white man who enters a predominantly black and latino prison after being accused of. Camillos workshop grew into an acting company of exconvicts called the family, members of which.
In his book, bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic prison art renaissance in the 1970s, when incarcerated people produced powerful works of writing, performance, and visual art. Initially hailed as the most dizzying ride of the season, short eyes was the most visible and. Short eyes is set entirely in a prison actually a house of detention. Winner of the new york drama critics circle awardthis powerful drama o. He was inducted posthumously into the new york writers hall of fame in 20. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Short eyes involves a multiethnic group of inmates whose lives are affected by the incarceration of a mildmannered white man. The play received honors from the new york drama critics circle award and was nominated for an obie and tony in the same year. Yet within each group are individual characters with their own motives and desires and manipulations. Short eyes is a 1974 drama written by playwright miguel pinero. He appeared in and wrote for the television series miami vice, and had writing credits for the baretta series and the jericho mile.
Short eyes paperback january 1, 1977 by miguel pinero author 4. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the. He was an artist who scaled the heights of literary acclaim, as well as plumbing the depths that life has on offer. While imprisoned at sing sing, he wrote the first drafts of his awardwinning play short eyes, which would greatly influence realism on the american stage and. Act 2 opens thirty minutes later, with short eyes miguel pinero same group of inmates reading, writing, playing pinrro, and exercising. Dive deep into miguel pineros short eyes with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to. He was discovered and encouraged by marvin felix camillo, who conducted a drama workshop at the pri. 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 convictspredominantly black and puerto ricantaunt, fight, insult, and entertain one another in an attempt to preserve their sanity and to create a semblance of. In 1974, short eyes, a play about the prisoners reaction to a child molester, was performed and received critical acclaim from new yorks theater elite. Short eyes by migu pinero, 9780374521479, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Pinero captures this prison subculture very well in his play short eyes. As his short eyes triumphs on the screen, miguel pinero.1509 193 1519 43 1208 505 420 1133 1164 992 1076 1228 930 1528 1013 709 439 1402 560 1008 463 674 1474 8 1263 234 90 1283 1012 1490 902 372 1160 217 687