By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Name: Pershing Square Signature Center/ Irene Diamond Stage
Address: 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Production Details
First performance date: January 29, 2019
Opening date: February 19, 2019
Closing date: March 10, 2019
Links: Official Website

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Production Description
It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood, and aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role in an antebellum epic starring…her boss. While Vera’s portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking, decades later scholars and film buffs still grapple with the actress’ legacy in Hollywood and the impact that race had on her controversial career. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, sly satire, directed by Kamilah Forbes, will take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera’s life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Signature Theatre Producer
Lynn Nottage Playwright
Daniel Kluger Composer
Daniel Kluger Composer
Kamilah Forbes Director
Goldie E. Patrick Assistant Director
Mayte Natalio Movement Consultant
Clint Ramos Set Designer
Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
Matt Frey Lighting Designer
Mikaal Sulaiman Sound Designer
Katherine Freer Projection Designer
Mia Neal Hair & Wig
Darren Diggle Associate Set Designer
Kara Branch Assistant Costume Designer
Victoria Bain Assistant Lighting Designer
Nathan Rubio Assistant Sound Designer
Nitsan Scharf Assistant Projection Designer
Laura Wilson Production Stage Manager
Lindsay Eberly Assistant Stage Manager
Jialin He Production Manager
Lena Forman Assistant Prop Master
Jenna Clark Embrey Dramaturg
Caparelliotis Casting Casting
Dawn-Elin Fraser Dialect Coach

Actor Role
Jenni Barber Gloria Mitchell
Jessica Frances Dukes Vera Stark
Manoel Felciano Maximillian Von Oster/Peter Rhys-Davies
Warner Miller Leroy Barksdale/Herb Forrester
Carra Patterson Anna Mae Simpkins/Afua Assata Ejobo
Heather Alicia Simms Lottie McBride/Carmen Levy-Green
David Turner Mr. Slasvick/Brad Donovan
Award Person / Company Function
1 NOMINATED 2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Costume Design Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
2 NOMINATED 2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Projection Design Katherine Freer Projection Designer
3 NOMINATED 2019 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play Lynn Nottage Playwright
      Kamilah Forbes Director
      Signature Theatre Producer
4 NOMINATED 2019 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance Jessica Frances Dukes Actor
5 WON 2019 Obie Award, Performance Heather Alicia Simms Actor