Colonial Players to present Lynn Nottage’s ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’

This spritely, sly satire is a sharp take on race and culture in the past and today.

The Colonial Players of Annapolis, Maryland announces their upcoming production of Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, directed by Eleanore Tapscott.

Colleen Isaiah, Ashley Simon, and Tracy McCracken in ‘By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.’ Photo by Brandon Bentley.

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark takes us to the Golden Age of Hollywood and shines the spotlight on Vera Stark, a headstrong African American maid and aspiring starlet. Vera’s life is transformed when she’s cast in a trailblazing role… in a movie starring her boss. Decades later scholars and historians grapple with Vera’s legacy in Hollywood and the impact race had on her controversial career. This spritely, sly satire is a journey through Vera’s seventy-year life and a sharp take on race and culture — both in the past and today.

Ashley Simon (as Vera Stark) with Joseph Smithey, Sarah Wade, and Tracy McCracken in ‘By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.’ Photos by Brandon Bentley.

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark will run October 22 to November 13, 2021, Thursdays through Sundays, at The Colonial Players’ historic theater-in-the-round in the heart of downtown Annapolis, 108 East Street Annapolis, MD. Tickets are $23 for adults; $18 for seniors 65 and older, full-time students with ID, and active military with ID. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 410-268-7373, and selecting option 2. Season Subscriptions and Flex Tickets are also available for a limited time.

Safety Policies and Procedures
The Colonial Players requires masks to be properly worn by everyone in all of their facilities at all times, regardless of vaccination status. If you feel sick, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, please stay home. Please practice proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing. The Colonial Players has instituted a variety of enhanced sanitation procedures, including upgraded HVAC systems and frequent sanitization of high-touch surfaces and other areas. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the lobby area.

About The Colonial Players
Entertaining, educating, and enriching the community since 1949, The Colonial Players is a welcoming venue to all members of our community. Set in the heart of historic Annapolis, our theater-in-the-round is a must-see destination for all theater lovers.

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