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Fortune and Men’s Eyes



A groundbreaking play on the degradation and brutality of prison life, Fortune and Men’s Eyes focuses its harsh light on Smitty, a naive and essentially non-criminal young inmate sentenced to serve six months for a minor offense. His cellmates are three: Rocky, a blustering, opportunistic bully; Queenie, a raging homosexual who uses the reformatory’s corrupt system for his desires; and Mona, a gentle boy who has detatched from his emotions in order to survive. The evolution of Smitty and indeed all four men provides the dynamic tension that culminates in Smitty’s ultimate corruption.

Character Breakdown

Smitty (M, 17)
Rocky (M, 19)
Mona (M, 18-19)
Queenie (M, 18)