Vinnette Carroll Biography ((?)-2002)

Full name, Vinnette Justine Carroll; born in New York, NY; daughter of EdgarEdgerton (a dentist) and Florence (Morris) Carroll. Addresses: OFFICE--Urban Arts Corps, 227 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Gender
Female
Death Details
November 5, 2002
Lauderhill, Florida

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • STAGE DEBUT--Addie, The Little Foxes, Southold Playhouse, Long Island, NY, 1948.
  • LONDON DEBUT--Sophia Adams, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Royal Court Theatre,1958.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
  • Bella, Deep Are the Roots, Southold Playhouse, Long Island, NY, 1949.
  • woman, A Streetcar Named Desire, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Catherine, A Grass Harp, Lakewood Summer Theatre, Lakewood, NJ, 1956.
  • Amelie, Small War on Murray Hill, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City,1957.
  • Tituba, The Crucible, Martinique Theatre, New York City, 1958.
  • Dora, Jolly's Progress, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1959.
  • Dido, The Octoroon, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1961.
  • Sophia Adams, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, East 11th Street Theatre, New YorkCity, 1962.
  • narrator, Black Nativity, Criterion Theatre, London, then Festival of theTwo Worlds, Spoleto, Italy, both 1962, later Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1963.
  • narrator, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Festival of the Two Worlds, 1975.
  • Also appeared in A Member of the Wedding, 1960.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK; DIRECTOR
  • Dark of the Moon, Equity Library Theatre, New York City, 1960.
  • Ondine, Equity Library Theatre, 1961.
  • Black Nativity, 41st Street Theatre, New York City, 1961.
  • The Disenchanted, Equity Library Theatre, 1962.
  • Black Nativity, Criterion Theatre, London, 1962.
  • Trumpets of the Lord, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1963.
  • Black Nativity, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1963, then Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1964.
  • The Prodigal Son, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1965.
  • But Never Jam Today, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1969.
  • Bury the Dead, Croesus and the Witch, both Urban Arts Corps Theatre, NewYork City, 1971.
  • Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, Urban Arts Corps Theatre, 1971, then Playhouse Theatre, New York City, and Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA, both 1972.
  • Step Lively, Boy, Urban Arts Corps Theatre, 1973.
  • The Flies, The Ups and Downs of Theophilus Maitland, both Urban Arts Corps Theatre, 1974.
  • Power to Love, Old Judge Is Dead, both Urban Arts Corps Theatre, 1975.
  • Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Festival of the Two Worlds, Spoleto,Italy, 1975, then Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, and Lyceum Theatre, New York City, both 1976.
  • Play Mas, I'm Laughin' But I Ain't Tickled, But Never Jam Today, all Urban Arts Corps Theatre, 1976.
  • Alice, The Gingham Dog, both Urban Arts Corps Theatre, 1977.
  • When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate, Black Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1979.
  • But Never Jam Today, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1979.
  • Lost in the Stars, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco, CA, 1980.
  • Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1980, then Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1982.
  • Medea, Next Time I'll Rain Fire, The Green Bay Tree, all with the Vinnette Carroll Repertory Company, New York City, 1986.
  • Also directed The Flies, 1966; Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, 1968; Desire Under the Elms, 1974; When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate, 1984.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Ftatateeta, Caesar and Cleopatra, U.S. cities, 1950.
  • one-woman variety show, U.S. and West Indian cities, 1952-57.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
  • Narrator, "Black Nativity," Westinghouse Theatre, CBS, 1962.
  • appeared in "Jubilation," Repertoire Workshop, CBS, 1964.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Bernice, A Member of the Wedding, Granada, 1960.
  • Sojourner Truth, We the Women, CBS, 1974.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK; DIRECTOR
  • "Black Nativity," Westinghouse Theatre, CBS, 1962.
  • "Beyond the Blues," Stage Two, CBS, 1964.
  • "Jubilation," Repertoire Workshop, CBS, 1964.
  • When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate, 1979.
  • FILM DEBUT--Mother, A Morning for Jimmy, 1960.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
  • Martha, One Potato, Two Potato, Cinema V, 1964.
  • mother, Up the Down Staircase, Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, 1967.
  • recruiting officer, Alice's Restaurant, United Artists, 1969.
  • Writings;PLAYS; SEE PRODUCTION DETAILS ABOVE
  • (Adaptor) Trumpets of the Lord, 1963.
  • co-author, The Ups and Downs of Theophilus Maitland, 1974.
  • co-author, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, 1975.
  • Alice, 1977.
  • (adaptor) When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate; 1979.
  • Creator of But Never Jam Today, 1969, revised 1976.
  • Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, 1971.
  • Power to Love, 1975.
  • I'm Laughing But I Ain't Tickled, 1976.

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