By the Way, Meet Vera Stark pulls the mask off old Hollywood | Performing Arts Feature | Chicago Reader

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark pulls the mask off old Hollywood 

The title character of Lynn Nottage's play is an amalgam of the African-American actresses whose roles were restricted in early cinema—and who are still expected to play to type.

Tamberla Perry plays Vera Stark, a fictional actress whose career resembles those of many African-American women working in early Hollywood.

Tamberla Perry plays Vera Stark, a fictional actress whose career resembles those of many African-American women working in early Hollywood.

Liz Lauren

In the mid-1920s, Vera Stark, a beautiful, talented vaudeville actress, left New York for Hollywood, land of dreams, where anything was possible, even decent parts for black women. In 1933, after several years working as a maid for the movie star Gloria…

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