This month, the Goodman Theatre is presenting “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”, a Lynn Nottage play inspired by black actresses of the past who never got their due.
Much of the play takes place in the 1930s: the beginning of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But Hollywood was a very cold place for starlets who happened to be brown.
In “Meet Vera Stark”, we get an inside look at life a fictional black actress who has to make a choice about what she’s willing to do to be a star.
We were joined at the shop by two actresses from the production:
• Amelia Workman, who plays Anna Mae and Afua, and
• TaRon Patton, who plays Lottie and Carmen.
Also joining us was the director of the play, Chuck Smith.
We also hear a clip from Richard's 1984 interview with the incomparable Lena Horne about what it was like for aspiring black stars in the early days of Hollywood.
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