Cocaine by Pendleton King (1916)

Pendleton KingThis one-act play features drug abuse, urban poverty, and both men and women selling their bodies for sale.  This honest portrait of drug abuse features two down-on-their luck addicts living in a tenement building: Joe, a former boxer, and Nora, a streetwalker whose illness prevents her from scoring clients.  Written with an ear for lower-class dialect, Cocaine depicts the bitter choices that face desperate people, including, quite unusually, the discussion of male prostitution.

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