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Charles Gilpin

(b. Richmond, Va., 20 Nov. 1878; d. Eldridge Park, NJ, 6 May 1930)

Actor. Gilpin was apprenticed as a printer before beginning to tour in black shows in 1903. He ...

Gilpin, Charles

Gilpin, Charles   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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140 words

..., Charles ( 1878–1930 ) *African-American actor who originated the title role of *O'Neill 's The Emperor Jones ( 1920 ). A founding member of the Pekin Company and the Lafayette Players, to sustain his career he took a series of ordinary jobs. He came to attention on Broadway as the minister in John Drinkwater 's Abraham Lincoln ( 1919 ), and was cast in O'Neill's play the following year. O'Neill considered Gilpin a brilliant actor, one of the best to appear in his plays. But when Gilpin objected to some of the lines he changed them in performance,...

Gilpin, Charles

Gilpin, Charles   Reference library

Barbara Lewis

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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157 words

..., Charles ( 1878–1930 ) African-American actor who originated the title role of O'Neill 's The Emperor Jones ( 1920 ). A founding member of the Pekin Company and the Lafayette Players (he worked again with them in 1924 in Roseanne ), to sustain his career he took a series of ordinary jobs including printer, barber, janitor, porter, and elevator operator. He came to attention on Broadway as the minister in Drinkwater 's Abraham Lincoln ( 1919 ), and was cast in O'Neill's play the following year. O'Neill considered Gilpin a brilliant actor,...

Gilpin, Charles

Gilpin, Charles (20 Nov. 1878)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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103 words

..., Charles [ Sidney ] (b. Richmond, Va. , 20 Nov. 1878 ; d. Eldridge Park, NJ , 6 May 1930 ) Actor . Gilpin was apprenticed as a printer before beginning to tour in black shows in 1903 . He became director of the stock company at Harlem's Lafayette Theater in 1916 . On Broadway he scored a success as a black clergyman in Abraham Lincoln ( 1919 ), which led Eugene O'Neill to cast him in the title role of The Emperor Jones ( 1920 ), for which he garnered high praise. Increasing drunkenness and argumentativeness alienated potential employers...

Gilpin, Charles S[idney]

Gilpin, Charles S[idney] (1878–1930)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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187 words

..., Charles S[idney] ( 1878–1930 ), actor . The African‐American performer was born in Richmond, Virginia, and spent some time apprenticing to a printer before taking to the stage in 1903 . He toured for many years with black companies and in 1916 became director of the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, the first African‐American stock company in the city. His fine performance on Broadway as clergyman William Curtis in Abraham Lincoln ( 1919 ) prompted Eugene O'Neill to cast him as Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones ( 1920 ). Although Gilpin's...

Charles Gilpin

Charles Gilpin  

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(b. Richmond, Va., 20 Nov. 1878; d. Eldridge Park, NJ, 6 May 1930)Actor. Gilpin was apprenticed as a printer before beginning to tour in black shows in 1903. He ...
Design

Design   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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6,178 words
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Oxford University Press

...designed by James Wyatt for the library, and candelabra supplied by Mrs Coade for the conservatory. Such self-consciously theatrical sets and the treatment of architecture as scenery were characteristic features of the *picturesque , as discussed in the writings of William *Gilpin , Uvedale *Price , and Richard Payne *Knight . Overlying the antiquarian interest in medieval British history and archaeology was a Romantic fascination with the medieval age, with chivalry, heraldry and traditional festivities [ see *medievalism ], related in ancient British...

Karamu House

Karamu House  

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The oldest active African American theatre in the United States, taking its name from the Swahili for ‘a place of enjoyment for all’. A private arts centre founded in 1915 ...
Lafayette Players

Lafayette Players  

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African-American troupe in New York. Harlem's first stock company, it was founded in 1915 by actress Anita Bush, who had performed with Bert Williams and Walker. Charles Gilpin, the original ...
Lafayette Theatre

Lafayette Theatre  

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(New York).Along with the vaudeville house Apollo, the Lafayette was the most famous theatre in Harlem. Built in 1912, at a time when New York's major African‐American district was ...
Analytical Review

Analytical Review  

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(1788–99),an important literary and radical periodical, published by J. Johnson, which was an early influence in encouraging the growth of Romanticism. It included Gilpin's theories on the ...
Visual Images of American West

Visual Images of American West  

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The exploration of the American West resulted in a vast array of visual images depicting the region's physical environment and its indigenous inhabitants. As part of the record of western ...
water in the garden

water in the garden  

‘Water is of as much use in a landscape, as Blood is in a body,’ wrote William Gilpin in A Dialogue upon the Gardens at Stowe (1748). There is no ...
Rose McClendon

Rose McClendon  

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(1884–1936)*African-American actress. In 1916 McClendon studied acting in order to coach children's drama in Harlem. A series of major professional roles followed, including Galsworthy's Justice in ...
William Cowper

William Cowper  

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(1731–1800) British poetOlney Hymns (1779) PoetryAnti-Thelyphthora (1781) PoetryThe Diverting History of John Gilpin (1782) PoetryThe Task (1785) PoetryThe Iliad and the Odyssey, Translated into ...
Samuel Rogers

Samuel Rogers  

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(1763–1855),the son of a banker and himself a banker for some years, was a highly successful poet. In The Pleasures of Memory (1792) the author wanders reflectively round the villages of his ...
African-American theatre

African-American theatre  

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After the War of 1812, William Henry Brown offered alfresco amusements for blacks in a tea garden behind his house in New York. By 1821, whites formed much of the ...
Emperor Jones

Emperor Jones  

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Expressionist play by O'Neill, produced in 1920 and published in 1921. An operatic version by Louis Gruen-berg was produced in 1933.The giant black Brutus Jones, former Pullman porter and ex-convict, ...
Sir Uvedale Price

Sir Uvedale Price  

(1747–1829).Author of Essay on the Picturesque (1794) and important influence on the cult of the Picturesque (which he defined as a separate aesthetic category, identifiable as distinct as Burke's ...
Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg  

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(b Strasbourg, 31 Oct. 1740; d Chiswick [now in London], 11 Mar. 1812).French painter, stage designer, and illustrator, active mainly in England. He was the son of an engraver ...
Bert Williams

Bert Williams  

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(1876–1922)*African-American performer. In the 1890s Williams formed a partnership with George Walker and for over ten years produced and starred in popular shows including In Dahomey, Abyssinia, ...

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