Dame Lorraine (play)

Dame Lorraine
Written by steve carter
Date premiered March 27, 1981
Place premiered Victory Gardens Theatre
Chicago, Illinois
Original language English
Series The Caribbean Trilogy:
Nevis Mountain Dew Dame Lorraine
Subject An elderly Caribbean couple anxiously await the return of their son from prison
Genre Drama
Setting 1980s; Modestly furnished apartment in Harlem, New York

Dame Lorraine is a 1981 play by American playwright Steve Carter. Set in the 1980s, it is the third of Carter's Caribbean trilogy. Dame Lorraine explores a family who has lost all of their sons, except one. The last son is returning from a long sentence in prison.


Original production

  • Directed by Chuck Smith
  • Produced by Victory Gardens Theatre
  • Set Designer: Thomas Beall
  • Costumes: Kate Bergh
  • Lighting: John Rodriguez

Opened: March 27, 1981 at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.[1]


  • Jackie Taylor - Rene Moulineaux
  • Linda Bright - Angela Moulineaux
  • Vince Viverito - Salvatore Buongusto
  • Esther Rolle - Dorcas Moulineaux
  • Don Xerique Williams - Picton Moulineaux

Los Angeles production (West Coast premiere)

  • Directed by Edmund Cambridge
  • Produced by Los Angeles Actors Theatre
  • Opened: January 1983 at Los Angeles Actors Theatre[2]



  1. ^ Carter, Steve (1986). Plays by Steve Carter (First ed.). New York: Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.. pp. 49–80. ISBN 0-88145-043-X. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Dan (1983-01-18). "A PRODIGAL SON RETURNS IN 'DAME'". Los Angeles Times: p. G1. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/685799052.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Jan+18,+1983&author=DAN+SULLIVAN&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(1886-Current+File)&edition=&startpage=G1&desc=STAGE+REVIEW. Retrieved 2009-12-06. "Setting: "An immaculate, but modestly furnished, apartment in Harlem."" 
  3. ^ "Denise Nicholas Biography (1944-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/38/Denise-Nicholas.html. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Stage/other". The Unofficial Thom Christopher Fansite. http://home.planet.nl/~theun390/tc-hawk/tc_other.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 

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