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Everyman Theatre introduces region to 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark'

Everyman Theatre introduces region to 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark'

During a rather frantic Hollywood party one night in 1933, a film director pontificates on the heavily-laden-with-historic-woe type of actors he wants to portray the slaves in his new antebellum epic.

A black maid named Vera Stark, eager to get into the movies and determined to catch the director's eye, transforms herself — in less than an instant, it seems — from confident to meek, articulate to mumbling, upright to stooped-over. It's hilarious and pathetic all at once.

Portrayed by the compelling Dawn Ursula in Everyman Theatre's production of the 2011 Lynn Nottage play "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," this stardom-seeking servant understands the game...

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