The off-Broadway play Fortune and Men's Eyes opened at Actor's Playhouse in the West Village the evening of February 23, 1967. (The play's name was taken from the first line of Shakespeare's 29th Sonnet). It offered up a chilling portrayal of prison life, touching upon subjects such as male-on-male rape and sexual slavery and was very risque for its time. It opened a year before Boys in the Band and more than two years before the Stonewall riots (and 30 years before HBO's Oz).
The play ran for nearly a year and then was released as a movie in 1971. (Although Fortune's stage version opened a year before Boys in the Band, the movie version came out a year after Band's theatrical release - pictured, left). As a teenager I remember seeing small ads for the movie in the Pittsburgh paper, and although I didn't quite know the movie's premise I was very intrigued by the title and the ad's suggestive photo.