By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Vera Stark
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April 27 - June 2, 2013 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) pulls the curtain back on old Hollywood in her latest play, a sly satire hailed as “not-to-be-missed” by Vogue.

This “sharp-toothed comedy” (The Wall Street Journal) offers a glimpse into the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs are left to reflect on the life and legacy of this controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Hilarious and poignant, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark paints a vivid picture of the cultural climate that shaped this mysterious screen queen—and wonders who, in another time, she might have been.

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  • The Making of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
    Watch special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and creative team of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is an Audience Hit!
    Hear what audiences have to say about Lynn Nottage's Hollywood satire.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark: Interview with Director Chuck Smith
    Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) pulls the curtain back on old Hollywood in her latest play, a sly satire hailed as "not-to-be-missed" by Vogue. Director Chuck Smith talks about the play's importance today and why audiences will enjoy it.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Teaser Trailer
    Take a look at this special teaser for director Chuck Smith's upcoming production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage.

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  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) and Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) on the set of The Belle of New Orleans in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    (from left to right) Patrick Clear (Mr. Slasvick), Amelia Workman (AnnaMae Simpkins), Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell), Ron Rains (Maximillian Von Oster) and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    TaRon Patton (Lottie McBride) and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Ron Rains (Maximillian Von Oster), Amelia Workman (AnnaMae Simpkins), Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) and Patrick Clear (Mr. Slasvick) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Chiké Johnson (Leroy Barksdale) and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) on The Brad Donovan Show in 1973 in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Patrick Clear (Brad Donovan), Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) and Ron Rains (Peter Rhys-Davies) on The Brad Donovan ShowM in 1973 in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Chiké Johnson (Herb) leading a panel discussion in 2003 about Vera Stark in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    Amelia Workman (Afua Assata Ejobo) on a panel discussion in 2003 about Vera Stark in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Production Photos
    TaRon Patton (Carmen Levy-Green) on a panel discussion in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark directed by Chuck Smith.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Director Chuck Smith in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Director Chuck Smith and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) and Patrick Clear (Mr. Slasvick) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): TaRon Patton (Lottie McBride), Amelia Workman (Anna Mae Simpkins), Ron Rains (Maximillian Von Oster), Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell), Patrick Clear (Mr. Slasvick) and Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) and Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark) and TaRon Patton (Lottie McBride) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Patrick Clear (Mr. Slasvick) and Kara Zediker (Gloria Mitchell) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Amelia Workman (Anna Mae Simpkins) and Patrick Clear (Mr. Slasvick) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Rehearsal Photos
    Tamberla Perry (Vera Stark), TaRon Patton (Lottie McBride) and Ron Rains (Maximillian Von Oster) in rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

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"Midday Fix: Tamberla Perry" —WGN | 5/22/13

REVIEW: "Sights + Sounds: By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" —Sheridan Road Magazine | 5/20/13

"Interview: Actress Tamberla Perry On Her Leading Role At The Goodman" —Chicagoist | 05/20/13

"Tamberla Perry of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" —CBS

"People to People: Tamberla Perry on By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" —WGN | 05/18/13

"Afternoon Shift: Domestic violence and gangs, Hollywood stereotypes and the week in news" —WBEZ | 05/17/13

"By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Goodman Theatre" —Huffington Post | 05/15/13

"At Goodman, Vera Stark confronts race, Hollywood" —The Chicago Maroon | 05/14/13

"Tamberla Perry on the state of roles for African-American actresses" —Chicago Sun-Times | 05/13/13

"Vera Stark star Tamberla Perry" —Dean Richard's Sunday Morning | 05/12/13

REVIEW: "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark " —Edge Chicago | 05/10/13

REVIEW: "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Goodman Theatre" —Time Out Chicago | 05/06/13

REVIEW: "Vera Stark worth meeting at Goodman Theatre" —Chicago Sun-Times | 05/06/13

"Vera Stark looks back at lost stars" —Chicago Tribune | 05/03/13

"Meet Cheeky Actress Tamberla Perry" —Cheeky Chicago | 05/03/13

"By the Way, Vera Stark pulls the mask off old Hollywood" —Reader | 05/02/13

"Lynn Nottage finds inspiration for Vera Stark in classic movies she watched as a child" —Chicago Sun-Times | 05/02/13

"Meet Tamberla Perry, Meet Vera Stark At The Goodman Theatre" —NDIGO | 04/26/13

"By The Way, Meet Vera Stark: Hollywood's "Lost" Leading Lady" —Gaper's Block | 04/25/13

"Q&A: Tamberla Perry of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" —Red Eye Chicago | 04/23/13

"A Few Minutes With...Chuck Smith" —The Celebrity Front Page | 04/22/13

PRESS RELEASE: "Rehearsal Photos, A Film Series and More Ways to "Meet Vera Stark" at the Goodman " | 04/10/13

"Inspiring U: Tamberla Perry" —WCIU | 04/10/13

  • Jun 06 2013
    Dark Eyes Film Series
    Free, reservations recommended.

    Dark Eyes Film Series

    Thursday, June 06 2013 - 07:00 PM

    Goodman Theatre will host a series of film screenings and discussions during the run of the Goodman’s production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark focusing on films by and about African American women.

    The series features the work of directors, producers and writers whose work should have wider visibility.

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