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Plays by Steve Carter

Steve Carter
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This collection includes two full-length plays, DAME LORRAINE and HOUSE OF SHADOWS, a long one-act, ONE LAST LOOK, and two short pieces, MIRAGE and TEA ON INAUGURATION DAY. DAME LORRAINE: Picton and Dorcas, ancient now, came to this country with an internal, eternal love that made them blind to the fact that the darker aspects of the elusive Dame Lorraine found homes in the hearts of their eight sons. Their first-born and only surviving male child comes home today after twenty-seven years in prison. Picton and Dorcas await him, thinking perhaps they should never have come here. Perhaps they never should have fallen in love. HOUSE OF SHADOWS: 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. ONE LAST LOOK: At his funeral, Eustace Baylor and his two families examine the tattered cloth of their lives. They find that if you would take one last look, you should take one first look. MIRAGE: “Mirage,” so like “marriage” in its spelling and some pronunciations, is about how much more interesting mundane situations could be if people would only apply themselves. TEA ON INAUGURATION DAY: A tragicomical look at the current state of our country, with a special nod to the American habit of mispronouncing “Nuclear,” “Acapulco,” “Realtor,” and “Inauguration.”

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  • 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.

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Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/1986
Pages 120
ISBN 9780881450439