Apr 16 - May 11

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Walter Dallas


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OVERVIEW


What the critics are saying:

"In its Baltimore/Washington premiere, the play could not have ask for a much more vibrant or rewarding production than the one offered at Everyman...'Vera Stark' is well worth meeting. Dawn Ursula is brilliant...the actress, one of Everyman's resident artists, has the beauty and nuance to make a riveting Vera."  
- Baltimore Sun

"Dawn Ursula just kills it in the title role. A fearlessly intelligent and deliciously vicious annihilation of Hollywood."
- City Paper

"Once you meet Vera Stark, you can't forget her...an incandescent career high for Dawn Ursula...not enough can be said about her performance. It is a true star turn, showing breathtaking versatility (she sings, she dances, she acts!) and generosity of spirit, both playful and poignant."
- DC Theater Scene

"A brilliant combination of humor and drama...Walter Dallas' cast is the perfect fit for the play. Beth Hylton is the epitome of starlet turned diva as Gloria Mitchell...Dawn Ursula embodies Vera Stark in a saucy vein. Her comic delivery is a scream. A production well worth enjoying!"
- DC Metro Theater Arts

It's the height of 1930s Hollywood. Film studios are filled with glitz, glamor, and eager starlets just waiting to be discovered. Enter Vera Stark, a determined and headstrong African-American maid to a white movie star. But it turns out that Vera is an actress, too! When the stars align and both actresses are cast in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with an unexpected and controversial legacy scholars will question for decades to come. Deliciously funny and wildly entertaining, Vera Stark uses today's obsession and fascination with tabloids and celebrity gossip to get to the truth behind this mysterious legend of Hollywood.  

"A not-to-be-missed new work. Moves from innocent to sexy to funny without breaking a sweat." - Vogue


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ARTISTS

Cast
 
Kelli Blackwell Beth Hylton*  Wil Love*
     
     
Robert Lyons
 
Kathryn Tkel
 
Dawn Ursula*
     
 
 
 
Yaegel T. Welch
 

 
 
Creative
Lynn Nottage, Playwright
Walter Dallas, Director
Daniel Ettinger*, Scenic Design
Harold F. Burgess II, Lighting Design
David Burdick*, Costume Design
Elisheba Ittoop, Sound Design
Thomas Kaufman, Cinematographer
Chas Marsh*, Film Editing
Gary Logan*, Dialects
Jillian Matthews, Props Master
Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, Dramaturg 
Christopher Michael Borg, Stage Manager

*Featured Resident Company Member 

 
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MEDIA

Official photos for 'Vera Stark' are here!
Friday, April 18, 2014

Everyman Resident Company Member Clinton Brandhagen took some beautiful photos of our 5th show of the 2/13/14 season By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. When you click on an image, it will enlarge into a slideshow with captions. More >


Official Playbill for "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
Monday, April 14, 2014

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Creating 1930s Hollywood in 2014 Baltimore
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Everyman Theatre was turned into a 1930s Hollywood soundstage in order to create and film The Belle of New Orleans, the film seen within the play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Take a look into the making of the movie! More >


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BUZZ

An Inside Look at "MGM Everyman"
Monday, April 14, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith recently got a behind-the-scenes look into "MGM Everyman" and the making of the Hollywood-style film seen within By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.  More >

The woman behind 'Vera Stark'
Friday, April 11, 2014
"The essence of creativity is to look beyond where you can actually see," said Lynn Nottage. "I don't want to dwell in the same place too long." More >

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REVIEWS

"Dawn Ursula just kills it in the title role"
Thursday, April 24, 2014
"A fearlessly intelligent and deliciously vicious annihilation of Hollywood.  More >

"A brilliant combination of humor and drama"
Thursday, April 24, 2014
"Making its Baltimore/DC area debut, the play written by Lynn Nottage is a brilliant combination of humor and drama; a poised balance of comedy within reality that touches the audience's hearts while tickling their spirits in sheer delight.  More >

"A true star turn for Dawn Ursula"
Thursday, April 24, 2014
"Once you meet Vera Stark you can't forget her. More >

"Brilliant...Vera Stark is well worth meeting."
Thursday, April 24, 2014
"In its Baltimore/Washington premiere, the play could not ask for a much more vibrant or rewarding introduction than the one offered at Everyman.  More >

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