Even in the 1930s…wait, especially in the 1930s, Hollywood was full of glamour, humor, and personality. And yes, there was also all of the insecurity, cutthroat competition, and scarce opportunities, particularly for women of color. This is where we meet the beautiful Vera Stark, one of those women of color.
You'll laugh in disbelief at the screwball antics, flirtations, and conniving calculations used just to land an audition - for Gloria, Vera's already-in-the-pictures employer. For Vera to get her chance, she'll also need a bit of luck.
When Vera does get her chance in a sprawling Southern epic, it's opposite Gloria, and the secrets and ensuing rift between the two leave film scholars in debate for decades to come.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Intimate Apparel) and inspired by the life and career of Theresa Harris, a pioneering African-American film star.