Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre

Charles Gilpin
Posted on 02/09/2021
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Charles Gilpin (1878-1930) was one of the most highly regarded stage actors of the 1920s. He played in critical debuts in New York City: the 1919 premier of John Drinkwater's "Abraham Lincoln" and the lead role of Brutus Jones in the 1920 premiere of Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones," also touring with the play. In 1920, he was the first black American to receive The Drama League's annual award as one of the 10 people who had done the most that year for American theatre.

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