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Second Stage Theatre (New York, NY)
307 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue)

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Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm and 8pm
Thursday & Friday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

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In a new comedy from the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage 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 seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong 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 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.

Review Roundup: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARKReview Roundup: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2011

Lynn Nottage's world premiere comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, already extended one week through May 29 at Second Stage Theatre, opens tonight, May 9. Directed by Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is Ms. Nottage's first play to be produced in New York since she won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined in 2009. For ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company's website, www.2ST.com. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark features Stephanie J. Block, Tony Award-nominee Daniel Breaker, Tony Award-nominee David Garrison, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Kevin Isola, Tony Award nominee Sanaa Lathan, and Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo. Let's see what the critics had to say! (more...)

Review - By The Way, Meet Vera StarkReview - By The Way, Meet Vera Stark
by Ben Peltz - May 10, 2011

While older plays can often be interpreted to suit modern tastes and standards, films serve as permanent records of the public attitudes of their times; particularly when considering the ways ethnic minorities were portrayed.  Many a fine film from long ago can contain moments that strike the modern eye as racist, even in cases where the intention was to be racially sensitive.  In the case of black actors from early Hollywood, we can admire the talent of the likes of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Butterfly McQueen and Stepin Fetchit and say they opened door for others, but many have argued that their success came from demeaning their race as a whole by taking the types of roles that were within the white viewers' comfort zones. (more...)

Second Stage Opens Nottage's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Tonight!Second Stage Opens Nottage's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2011

Lynn Nottage's world premiere comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, already extended one week through May 29 at Second Stage Theatre, opens tonight, May 9. Directed by Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is Ms. Nottage's first play to be produced in New York since she won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined in 2009. For ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company's website, www.2ST.com. (more...)

Second Stage Extends BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Through 5/29Second Stage Extends BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Through 5/29
by BWW News Desk - April 27, 2011

Although still in previews, Lynn Nottage's world premiere comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, has extended one week through May 29 at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd street). Directed by Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is Ms. Nottage's first play to be produced in New York since she won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined in 2009. The production will officially open on Monday, May 9. For ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company's website, www.2ST.com. (more...)

David Garrison Joins Block, Olivo in 2nd Stage's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK This SeasonDavid Garrison Joins Block, Olivo in 2nd Stage's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK This Season
by BWW News Desk - February 28, 2011

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that DAVID GARRISON will complete the cast of Lynn Nottage's new play, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. This world premiere comedy will also feature the previously announced STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, DANIEL BREAKER, KIMBERLY HÉBERT GREGORY, KEVIN ISOLA, SANAA LATHAN, and KAREN OLIVO. Directed by Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is Ms. Nottage's first play to be produced in New York since she won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined in 2009. (more...)

2nd Stage Names its 'Stark:' Saana Lathan Joins Block, Olivo in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK This Season2nd Stage Names its 'Stark:' Saana Lathan Joins Block, Olivo in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK This Season
by BWW News Desk - February 2, 2011

The New York Times has revealed that Sanaa Lathan will star in Second Stage's production of Meet Vera Stark this season. She joins Stephanie J. Block and Karen Olivo. The production also stars Daniel Breaker, KIMBERLY HÉBERT GREGORY and Kevin Isola in this world premiere comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, the new play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Jo Bonney. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is Ms. Nottage's first play to be produced in New York since she won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined in 2009. (more...)

 
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