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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Extends Its Off-Broadway Run

Playwright Lynn Nottage and director Kamilah Forbes will hold a free discussion about the play at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Lynn Nottage and Kamilah Forbes will hold a free discussion about By the Way, Meet Vera Stark on February 6.
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Signature Theatre has announced a one-week extension for Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, directed by Kamilah Forbes. Performances will now run through March 10 on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center beyond the production's original March 3 closing date. The official opening is set for February 19.

Signature has additionally announced that Lynn Nottage and Kamilah Forbes will participate in a free discussion about the play, as well as Lynn's Residency 1, at Signature's Café + Bar on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30pm as part of the Signature Spotlight Series.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is described as follows: "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."

The cast features Jenni Barber (Sunday in the Park With George) as Gloria, Jessica Frances Dukes (Yellowman) as Vera, Tony nominee Manoel Felciano (Amélie) as Max/Peter, Warner Miller (Netflix's Luke Cage) as Leroy/Herb, Carra Patterson (Jitney) as Anna Mae/Afua, Heather Alicia Simms (Signature's Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine) as Lottie/Carmen, and David Turner (The Boys in the Band) as Brad/Slavick.