By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

By the Way Meet Vera Stark Nottage is one of our finest playwrights a smart empathetic and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won t expect Time Out New York Lynn Nottage s work explores depths of humanness the

  • Title: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • Author: Lynn Nottage
  • ISBN: 9781559364003
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won t expect Time Out New York Lynn Nottage s work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, culture, and history and the startling simplicity of desire with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion Paula Vogel, wi Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won t expect Time Out New York Lynn Nottage s work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, culture, and history and the startling simplicity of desire with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion Paula Vogel, winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn her first new play since the critically acclaimed Ruined, Lynn Nottage examines the legacy of African Americans in Hollywood in a dramatic stylistic departure from her previous work Fluidly incorporating film and video elements into her writing for the first time, Nottage s comedy tells the story of Vera Stark, a headstrong African American maid and budding actress who has a tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold onto her career Stirring audiences out of complacency by tackling racial stereotyping in the entertainment industry a topic that remains largely unexplored in mainstream arts and entertainment Nottage highlights the paradox of black actors in 1930s Hollywood while jumping back and forward in time and location in this uniquely theatrical narrative.Lynn Nottage s plays include the Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined Intimate Apparel, the most widely produced play of the 2005 06 theater season in America Fabulation, or the Re Education of Undine Crumbs from the Table of Joy Las Meninas Mud, River, Stone Por knockers and POOF

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    Last year as part of my Pulitzer challenge I read Sweat by Lynn Nottage. A contemporary look at how a factory closing effected people in a blue collar community, Sweat merited its award. Previously Nottage also won the Pulitzer for Ruined, and she is earning her place as one of America's leading playwrights today. I recently saw some reviews for another of Nottage's plays By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and decided that it would be a worthy inclusion in my African American History Month lineup. A hi [...]

    Lynn Nottage plays are uncluttered and make an immediate point; they are funny but also point to race and the way it plays out for actors and their audience. We don't feel manipulated and like being reminded of larger issues. This one has a big surprise at the end and overall leaves an impression of light-heartedness and humor much as one can be when one is dead serious about painful truths. The roles for black actresses in Hollywood in the 1930s were ridiculously few: one had be a slave or a ma [...]

    This text is so rich. Act One explores the complexities that plagued African-American women in the glamorous Hollywood films of the 1930s, and Act Two looks back from the present to evaluate how one African-American actress, Vera Stark, faced those identity challenges. I found the ending with the academic colloquium especially powerful. It asks questions about how our words and actions are interpreted by others when we're gone, and it leaves you wondering about the truth. I loved it, and I'm eag [...]

    Saw the Goodman production of this play, and now have finally read it. Always a pleasure to read a new Nottage play, and this one feels much different than her other works. It's nice to know she's still playing with form and experimenting. I can't wait to see what work is still yet to come.

    An interesting play about the complexities of passing, the success of black actresses, and academic perception of the film industry. It is definitely worth a read.

    This play is an impressive juggling act, as Nottage balances scenes from African-American actress Vera Stark's career with a scholarly retrospective on her work. It speaks powerfully to the long history of marginalization within the culture and only just fails to pull everything together with a startling revelation near the end. Well worth reading and with some juicy comic dialog that would play very well.

    Once again, it's not one of those plays I would seek outo on may own to read, but it was pretty decent. The themes of stereotyping in Hollywood and the survival instincts of the African American actor are pretty developed, but the most developed theme I see in Nottage’s play is that of Ethnic Identity. From the very first scene, it is suggested that Gloria is not really representing herself factually when Vera speaks of the connection between Gloria’s father and Vera’s mother. This is quic [...]

    Currently in rehearsals to play the role of Gloria Mitchell. I will be "reading" the script for quite a while ; )

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