Meeting the Actresses Behind "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" | WYPR

Meeting the Actresses Behind "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"

Apr 29, 2014

Credit Everyman Theatre

 Lynn Nottage is one of the most distinctive voices in the American theater today.  

She won the Pulitzer Prize for "Ruined," a play set in war-ravaged Congo, and she followed that success with a fascinating chronicle of two movie stars, that spans more than 70 years.  

It’s called "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," and it’s receiving a funny, poignant and insightful production at Baltimore’s Everyman Theater.   

Dawn Ursula plays Vera Stark, an African-American maid who dreams of Hollywood stardom, and Beth Hylton plays Gloria Mitchell, a white movie actress whose stardom is beginning to fade.  

In this interview, Ursula and Hylton join Tom Hall in the studio to talk about their roles as movie star and maid-slash-movie star in Everyman Theatre’s production of "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark."

"By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" is up until May 11. On May 5, Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck will review the production. 

Audio for this segment will be posted by the end of the day.