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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK

By Lynn Nottage

It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood. Aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. As Gloria fades more, Vera becomes more noticeable. Rubbing shoulders with studio heads and movie directors, Vera lands an outstanding role in a costume epic starring…her boss, Gloria. Vera’s portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking and career-making. However, decades later scholars and film buffs still argue about Vera’s legacy in Hollywood, and the impact that race had on her controversial career. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage uses the pace and satire of 1930s movie comedies to take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera’s life and the cultural climate that shaped her.

  • February 3-5 & 10-12, 2023
  • Fridays & Saturdays- 7:30 PM | Sundays- 3:00 PM
  • Tickets- $21 Adults, $11 Students
  • Included in Season 105 Flex Pass starting April 1st
  • Single tickets go on sale July 1st
  • Rated PG-13. Mature language and content.

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

Director

Danzell Calhoun

Danzell Calhoun has over a decades experience in Theater and Film production. Danzell is an actor, director, producer, author, videographer, film editor and film distributor who began his journey in theater serving as the Artistic Director for The Foster Douglass Agency before making the transition to filmmaking. Danzell’s passion for the arts began with the desire to provide more opportunities for minorities and local talent. He has successfully produced and directed several films and stage plays that focus on African American history, social justice, and the plight of the African American male. Danzell is a youth sports coach and in his spare time enjoys writing, gardening, spending time with his wife, son and pets.

Cast

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Vera Stark

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Lottie

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Herb

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Peter

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Leroy

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Gloria Mitchell

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Max

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Afua

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Carmen

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Anna Mae