Ensemble Theatre to Present BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, Begin. 3/15
The Ensemble Theatre presents By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, a regional premiere comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by Eileen J. Morris, with Opening Night and media reception, Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
"The fictional story of Vera Stark mirrors dozens of African American actresses in the 1930s, making a living as domestic workers yet dreaming of life in the lights, camera, and action," says Morris. "This poignantly funny play uses film projections and still photography to help set the tone of 1930's Hollywood."
Inspired by Houston born actress, Theresa Harris, in her role in the Barbara Stanwyck film "Baby Face," this comedy draws upon the screwball films of the 1930's to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a 70-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, an African American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land a role 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.
Previews: March 15, 16, and 19 Show Runs: March 20 -- April 13, 2014
Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m;
Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.
Tickets Available Online: www.EnsembleHouston.com For Information Call: 713-520-0055. Ticket Prices: $19 - $44