"Unforgettably real"
– CHICAGO NOW

April 27 - June 2, 2013 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 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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Artists

By LYNN NOTTAGE, Directed by CHUCK SMITH

Cast

PATRICK CLEAR - Mr. Slasvick, Brad Donovan
CHIKÉ JOHNSON - Leroy Barksdale, Herb
TARON PATTON - Lottie McBride, Carmen Levy-Green
TAMBERLA PERRY - Vera Stark
RON E. RAINS - Maximillian Von Oster, Peter Rhys-Davies
AMELIA WORKMAN - Anna Mae Simpkins, Afua Assata Ejobo
KARA ZEDIKER - Gloria Mitchell

Creative Team and Crew

RICCARDO HERNÁNDEZ - Scenic Design
BIRGIT RATTENBORG WISE - Costume Design
ROBERT CHRISTEN - Lighting Design
JOSHUA HORVATH - Sound Design
RAY NARDELLI - Sound Design
MIKE TUTAJ - Projection Design
NEENA ARNDT - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
JOSEPH DRUMMOND - Production Stage Manager
REBECCA LOUISE FISCHER - Stage Manager

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