Star of television ("Designing Women"), stage (Master Class, Thoroughly Modern Millie ) and cabaret (The Café Carlyle), Carter was previously announced for the production. She'll play sly Mrs. Erlynne in the 1890s-set social comedy.
"Suspecting her husband of infidelity with a woman of 'ill repute,' Lady Windermere decides to strike back at him through her own unfaithfulness," according to the resident company. "An unlikely rescuer prevents her from this deed and its damage to her reputation, revealing the heart of the misunderstanding as well as the workings of the Victorian upper class."
Among Carter's castmates are Tessa Auberjonois as Lady Windermere, Gregory Wooddell as Mr. Cecil Graham, Nancy Robinette as Duchess of Berwick, David Sabin as Lord Augustus Lorton and Andrew Long as Lord Windermere.
Carter starred in The Shakespeare Theatre's production of A Woman of No Importance.
The Shakespeare Theatre is 450 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. The Michael Kahn-directed troupe will have a new home in the coming years, to accommodate its expanding operation. Tickets are $12.75-$68 with discounts available for groups, senior citizens and students. Tickets can be ordered by calling (202) 547-1122 or by visiting www.shakespearetheatre.org.