TCG Publishes Lynn Nottage's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ruined. Declared "one of our finest playwrights" by Time Out New York, Lynn Nottage premiered her newest play at Second Stage Theatre in spring 2011. In the 2013-2014 season, the play will receive productions at seven theaters across the country, including the ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta and the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte.
In By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Lynn Nottage examines the legacy of African-Americans in Hollywood in a dramatic stylistic departure from her previous work. Fluidly incorporating film and video elements into her writing for the first time, Nottage's comedy tells the story of Vera Stark, an African-American maid and budding actress who has a tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold onto her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come. As a compliment to the play's experience, the author has developed two websites that will tell the continuing story of Vera Stark: MeetVeraStark.com and FindingVeraStark.com.
Lynn Nottage's plays include Ruined; Intimate Apparel; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and POOF! Nottage is the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (Ruined), Helen Hayes Award (Ruined), the Lee Reynolds Award and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award, the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a co-founder and producer at Market Road Films LLC, a film Production Company. www.lynnnottage.com
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