These three short plays that make up the collection BROTHERS, MOTHERS & OTHERS, spilled out quickly. They were written between 1987-89, in the height of the crack era in NYC. My generation in particular was caught off guard by crack. We the "party-hearty people" used drugs recreationally and to increase the fun. Crack was not about fun. We didn't see it coming. It was a devastating drug that consumed many people I knew. AFTER THE MARCHING STOPPED and A BROTHERS KISS are both steeped in crack era NYC.
THE BLACKEYED BROTHERS was my first production and it won the Samuel French Short Play Award. It is set in the early 1970's at a fresh air fund adjacent summer camp. Anybody who grew up in my neighborhood or a neighborhood like mine, will recognize the spiritual descendants of the DEAD END KIDS who star in this play.