Photo: Sanaa Lathan in “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Joan Marcus
It’s Hollywood’s heyday and the streets of Los Angeles are filled with glitz, glamour and the chance at stardom — that is as long as you have the “right” look.
But when former maid Vera Stark lands a groundbreaking role in a new Southern epic, she turns Hollywood on its head and paves the way for future generations of black actresses.
More than five decades later, Vera’s influence on race, film and feminism has seeped its way into pop-culture. But who is the real Vera Stark? Part comedy and part commentary, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s West Coast premiere uses today’s fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legend.
September 18 – October 28, 2012
Tuesday – Friday at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 3:00 pm & 8:00pm
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Box Office: M-F 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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