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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Feb 01, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Lynn Nottage
Directed by: 
Tlaloc Rivas
David Thayer Theatre



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About By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage serves up old Hollywood in the hilarious and poignant comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

Vera Stark, a headstrong black American actress begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in musical pageants, screwball comedies, and antebellum romances. But did her legacy, whose eventual fame and fortune came out of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes, come at a price? By the Way, Meet Vera Stark paints a vivid picture of a mysterious screen queen—and wonders who, in another time, she might have been.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark was presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.



Role Name
Cast list for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Vera Stark Emelia Asiedu
Gloria Mitchell Catie Councell
Lottie McBride/Afua Assata Ejobo Tempestt Farrar
Mr. Slasvick/Brad Donovan Eli Jolley
Leroy Barksdale/Her Forrester Randryck Lewis
Anna Mae Simpkins/Carmen Levy-Green Miriam Randolph
Maximillian Von Oster/Peter Rhys-Davies Zach Twardowski

Artistic Team

Title Name
Artistic team list for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Director Tlaloc Rivas
Scenic & Lighting Designer Jess Fialko
Assistant Lighting Designer Alexander Michel*
Costume Designer Hayley Ryan
Assistant Costume Designer Chelsea Regan
Sound & Projection Designer Wade Hampton*
Projection Designer Ted Brown*
Dramaturg Luke White
Assistant Dramaturg Clara Reynen*
Dialect Coach Greg Walker
Stage Manager Samantha Paradis
Assistant Stage Manager Jacob Sikorski

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.