Miguel Pinero, Playwright

Puerto Rican playwright Miguel Pinero was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico on December 19, 1946. As a youngster, he immigrated with his family to the US. He attended school in New York City, and earned his high school equivalency. After a stint in prison, he published his gritty, realistic work, “Short Eyes”, about the killing of a sex offender.  The head of the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater hailed Pinero as “the first Puerto Rican playwright to really break through and be accepted as a major writer for the stage.” Pinero received numerous awards for his work, including New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Antoinette Perry Award Nomination for best play, Obie Award, and Drama Desk Award. The play was adapted as a film in 1977.

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