Short Eyes: A Play
"This powerful portrayal of prison life is set in the dayroom of a house of detention where a group of young convicts- predominantly black or Puerto Rican- taunt , fight, insult, and entertain one another in an attempt to preserve their sanity and create a semblance of community. When a young white prisoner accused of child molesting is thrown into the cell block by a guard who threatens him, saying that he should be in Sing Sing because "the men up there know what to do with degenerates like you," the stage is set for the explosive events that follow. For, among prisoners, a child molester, called 'short eyes" in prison slang, is the lowest, most despicable of criminals."-- cover
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