COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 20, 2022) — The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company is proud to present “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” an incisive comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, on stage Feb. 24–March 20, 2022. The production is directed by Betty Hart (Denver-based director/actor and Colorado Theatre Guild president).
“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” draws on the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. The play is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a clever Black maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, Gloria, a white Hollywood star desperately trying to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.
“‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’ is a funny, poignant and unexpected journey exploring the life and career of black film actress Vera Stark, shining a light on past and present-day Hollywood and American culture. I love art that surprises and keeps us thinking days after viewing. This play does just that,” said Hart.
The play stars Cleveland-based actor Lynnette R. Freemen as Vera and regional favorite Rebecca Myers (last seen on the FAC stage in “The Sound of Music”) as Gloria. They are joined by FAC regulars Marisa D. Hébert, Mark Rubald and Michael Lee. Dana Scurlock and André Revels will make their FAC debut.
The creative team includes Christopher L. Sheley (scenic design), Azalea Fairley (costume design), Holly Anne Rawls (lighting design), Johnathan Taylor (sound design), Earon Nealey (wig design), and Neil Trujillo (videography).
Discounts are available for groups of ten or more. Military service members are also eligible for discounts. Contact the box office for details.
Students from any school can purchase rush tickets 1 hour before the performance at the FAC front desk for $15. Tickets subject to availability; must purchase in person and present college/university ID; CC students receive FREE rush tickets when they present a CC Gold Card.
COVID-19 risk mitigation is in effect—For the latest information on COVID guidelines and requirements, visit the FAC website.
PLEASE NOTE: Exposure to COVID-19 is possible in public places. The FAC and Colorado College continue to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. More information available on the Colorado College website.
ABOUT THE FAC THEATRE COMPANY
The award-winning FAC Theatre Company produces an annual season of innovative and exciting theatrical productions and is committed to creating stories that heal, uplift, educate and enlighten in a thoughtful and inclusive environment. In 2019, The Colorado Theatre Guild recognized the FAC with its most prestigious honor, the Henry Award for Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
The story of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) began with the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy 1919. A museum, performing arts theatre, and community art school, the FAC is a pillar in the cultural community of the Rocky Mountain West providing innovative, educational, and multi-disciplinary arts experiences designed to elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality. The FAC and Colorado College recognize and honor the original inhabitants of the land on which it resides. For more information about the FAC, visit fac.coloradocollege.edu or follow on Facebook @CSFineArtsCenter.