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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

by Lynn Nottage | An incisive comedy that pulls back the curtain on Old Hollywood

February 24, 2022 - March 20, 2022

A provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat and Intimate Apparel) draws on the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a 70-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a clever Black maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, 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.

Contains strong language and smoking.

“The first act, in which Vera angles for a role, is in the style of a screwball comedy…. The second act, which shifts between a 2003 symposium, steeped in academese, and a 1973 talk show, steeped in gin, is more like a screwball tragedy” —The New York Times

“A satisfying screwball comedy in which Nottage uses stereotypes to expose them, tapping into a current of rueful emotion beneath the surface.” —Vogue


In the News

Playwrite and two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, more local events –CS Indy

New play by Colorado Springs theater company explores colorism in Hollywood –The Gazette

Cast + Creative

Vera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lynnette R Freeman*
Gloria . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Myers*
Lottie/Carmen . . . . . Dana Scurlock*
Leroy/Herb . . . . . . . . . André Revels*
Anna Mae/Afua . . . . Marisa Hebert
Slasvick/Brad . . . . . . . Mark Rubald*
Maximillian/Peter . . . Michael Lee

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Betty Hart
Scenic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher L. Sheley
Costume Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . Azalea Fairley
Lighting Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Anne Rawls
Sound Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnathan Taylor
Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neil Trujillo
Music Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . Jerry McCauley
Production Stage Manager . . . Connie Lane*

Official Trailer

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Details

Show Dates

Feb. 24–March 20

Wed | 7 p.m.
Thurs & Fri | 7:30 p.m.
Sat | 5 or 7:30 p.m.
Sun Matinées | 2 p.m.

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Wine, beer, craft cocktails, and small plates are available (starting 90 minutes before the show; credit card payments only).

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