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‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’ opens Feb. 20
African-American blazes a trail for Black women in Hollywood
Published Thursday, February 20, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

Get ready to meet Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American actress who blazed a trail for black women in Hollywood.

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is bringing Lynn Nottage’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” to Charlotte Feb. 20 with performances through March 15.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright gives audiences a glimpse in to the blinding movie studio lights of 1930's Hollywood. When we first meet Vera, she’s working as a maid to an iconic movie star known as "America's little sweetie pie," but she has her sights on making it big in Hollywood.

What begins as a raucous comedy flashes forward 40 years and tells the story of African Americans in Hollywood from a unique perspective, illuminating the legacy of race in film and everyday life.

"This is a special work to produce in Charlotte at this time,” said Dan Shoemaker, ATC’s executive director.  “It's about what happens when dreams and hard work clash with the barriers we create around race and class. As Charlotte, and the state, hitch our wagons to the burgeoning film and television industry here, one must ask if our dreams can become reality." 

ATC hopes to create dialogue with the production. A symposium on race, class and film will be held following the Mar. 9, 2:30pm matinee performance.

Feb. 20 will is Pay-What-You-Can Night, and the cast is hosting a special Opening Night reception catered by Bistro La Bon Feb. 26. Tickets are available at www.atcharlotte.org or by phone at (704) 342-2251 ext. 21. 



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