Jack Carter (actor)

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Jack Carter
Jack-Carter.jpg
Jack Carter in April 1936,
photographed by Carl Van Vechten
Occupation Actor

Jack Carter (c. 1902 – November 9, 1967) was an African American actor. He created the role of Crown in the original stage production of Porgy.[1]:189

Carter is perhaps best known for having starred in the Federal Theatre Project's 1936 New York production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth that came to be known as the Voodoo Macbeth. Orson Welles adapted and directed the play, moved its setting from Scotland to a fictional Caribbean island, recruited an entirely African American cast, and earned the nickname for his production from the Haitian vodou that fulfilled the rôle of Scottish witchcraft.[2]:86

Welles later cast Carter as Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus (1937), a Federal Theatre Project 891 production in which Welles played Faust.[3]:335–336

Select theatre credits[edit]

Date Title Role Notes
April 20– April 1927 Goat Alley Policeman Princess Theatre, New York[4]
October 10, 1927–August 1928 Porgy Crown Guild Theatre, New York[5]
September 13–October 1929 Porgy Crown Martin Beck Theatre, New York[6]
September 16–October 24, 1931 Singin' the Blues Dave Crocker Liberty Theatre, New York[7]
April 18–July 1934 Stevedore Lonnie Thompson Civic Repertory Theatre, New York[8]
October 1–November 1934 Stevedore Lonnie Thompson Civic Repertory Theatre, New York[9]
April 12, 1936 Macbeth Macbeth Lafayette Theatre, Harlem, New York
A free preview draws 3,000 more people than can be seated[1]:198
April 14–June 20, 1936 Macbeth Macbeth Lafayette Theatre, Harlem, New York[3]:333
Sold out for all ten weeks[3]:333[1]:203
July 6–15, 1936[3]:333[10] Macbeth Macbeth Adelphi Theatre, New York
Carter completes only Act I of the July 15 performance, which is completed by understudy Thomas Anderson[10]
Beginning July 16 Maurice Ellis stars as Macbeth in the remainder of the run at the Adelphi Theatre and on the subsequent national tour[11]
January 8–May 9, 1937 Doctor Faustus Mephistopheles Maxine Elliott Theatre, New York[3]:335–336

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Houseman, John (1972). Run Through: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21034-3. 
  2. ^ Kliman, Bernice W. (1992). Macbeth. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719027314. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Welles, Orson; Bogdanovich, Peter; Rosenbaum, Jonathan (1992). This is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0-06-016616-9. 
  4. ^ "Goat Alley". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Porgy". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Porgy". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Singin' the Blues". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Stevedore". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Stevedore". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "News of the Stage". The New York Times. July 16, 1936. 
  11. ^ "News of the Stage". The New York Times. July 17, 1936. 

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