Steve Carter


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Set in 1927 in New York City, EDEN revolves around Eustace, a happy-go-lucky African American man, who makes the mistake of falling in love with the girl next door, Annetta, daughter of an autocratic West Indian, Joseph Barton, who rules his household with an iron fist: he literally whips his belief in racial purity into his children with a cat-o’-nine-tails.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (4 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Period Costumes
About the Author


  • Steve Carter

    Horace E. "Steve" Carter, Jr. was an American playwright, best known for his plays involving Caribbean immigrants living in the United States. Mr. Carter received the Living Legend award at the 2001 National Black Theatre Festival. He was Victory Gardens Theater's first playwright-in-residence beginning in 1981 and also served as playwright-in-residence at George Mason University. Carter's PECONG (winner of the Joseph Jefferson award for New Work) premiered at Victory Gardens in the 1989–1990 season and received subsequent productions at London's Tricycle Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Newark Symphony Hall. His plays EDEN (winner of an Outer Critics Circle award, an Audelco award, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award ) and NEVIS MOUNTAIN DEW received Midwest premieres, and DAME LORRAINE, HOUSE OF SHADOWS, SHOOT ME WHILE I'M HAPPY, SPIELE '36 OR THE FOURTH MEDAL and ROOT CAUSES all premiered at Victory Gardens. Mr. Carter died at the age of 90 in 2020.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date
ISBN 9780881458985

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

EDEN was first presented by The Negro Ensemble Company
at the Saint Marks Playhouse opening on March 3, 1976.

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Eden is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


1/17/2025 – 2/8/2025
Yale Repertory Theatre
New Haven, CT