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House of Shadows

Steve Carter

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Two baby-faced would-be criminals decide to rob the home of two women of advanced age who live in contention with their past, their present, their future, and each other. The brats get more than they’ve bargained for, including possible great futures behind bars in Joliet.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (2 female, 4 male, 2 Children)
Full Length Drama (about 85 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary 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 12/1/1986
Pages 120
ISBN 9780881450439

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:

Originally produced by the Negro Ensemble, New York

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