Artist Encounter: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

May 5, 2013

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Director Chuck Smith and actress Tamberla Perry.

Goodman Theatre Artist Encounters bring together audiences and the artists who create the work on our stages in an intimate environment, for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process. Enjoy this in-depth conversation with By the Way, Meet Vera Stark playwright Lynn Nottage and director Chuck Smith.

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.
 






Recorded live Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre.