By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH
College Theatre

By: Lynn Nottage

April 20 - April 30, 2023

Show Description:

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. In this new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of "Ruined," Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood.

Staff and Cast

Director: Sheffia Randall-Nickerson



7:30pm Thursdays (ASL interpreterd performance on 4/27)
7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
2pm Sundays


$5 - $15

(216) 241-6000

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Content Advisories

This production has no content advisories.


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1407 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115