This production was staged as part of our 2013/14 Season

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

"An engaging, approachable, and entertaining must-see..." —

"Vera Stark is a fabulous force of nature." — Pearl Cleage 

Laugh your way through Hollywood's complicated history as you're introduced to Vera Stark.

The cards are stacked against Vera and her fledgling acting career. Vera's trying to make it, but she's got a few things going against her:

  • It's Hollywood in the 1930s and she's a woman.
  • It's Hollywood in the 1930s and she's a woman of color.
  • It's Hollywood and, man, is it ever hard to make it there.
  • It's Hollywood and she's a woman.
  • It's Hollywood and she's a woman of color.
  • Yes, some of these things count twice.

And of course her friends are competing for the same roles. Heck, even Vera's boss is trying to be in the same films. And they're all going to do whatever it takes to land those roles. Yes, hilarity ensues.

But there's more to Vera's story than perseverance and hard work. A little taste of success sets the stage for decades of "scholarly" examination of her career and its impact on the history of film. 


By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is 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.



Production assistance provided by:
Savannah College of Art and Design


  • Mr. Slasvick/Brad Donovan
    Atlanta Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; August: Osage County; Eurydice; Tennis In Nablus (Alliance Theatre); Race (True Colors Theatre); Seminar,... read more »
  • Understudy for Gloria Mitchell
    Molly is delighted join the cast of James and the Giant Peach! Alliance credits: A Christmas Carol (U/S Female Ensemble); The Tall Girls (U/S Jean/Lurlene); By the Way,... read more »
  • Understudy for Leroy Barksdale/Herb Forrester
    Leland is excited to be taking on his first professional understudy role at the Alliance. He has most recently been seen in the Alliance Theatre Education Department... read more »
  • Understudy for Lottie McBride/Carmen Levy
    Britny was last seen at the Alliance in Buried Too High, which was a reading at the 2012 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition Readings Festival.... read more »
  • Lottie/Carmen Levy-Green
    Theatre: Margie in the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar (dir. Rebecca Taichman) at Playwrights Horizons and La Jolla Playhouse;  Shaunta... read more »
  • Leroy Barksdale/Herb Forrester
    Originally from Detroit, MI. Alliance Theatre debut. NYC: Everything Is Ours at HERE arts Center; Regional credits include: Map of Heaven, Othello, 39 Steps, A Christmas... read more »
  • Gloria Mitchell
    Courtney returns to the Alliance after last season’s world premiere of The Geller Girls. Other Alliance credits include: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; August: Osage... read more »
  • Anna Mae Simpkins/Afua Assata Ejobo
    Tiffany is thrilled to be back in her hometown making her Alliance Theatre debut. Theatre credits include: Conference of the Birds, The Folger Theatre; The African... read more »
  • Understudy for Vera Stark/Anna Mae Simpkins/Afua Assata Ejobo
    Danielle is thrilled to be making her Alliance Theatre debut. She recently graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Theatre where she performed in many shows... read more »
  • Maximillian Von Oster/Peter Rhys-Davies
    Daniel is happy to be back at Alliance Theatre where he played Maximillian Von Oster and Peter Rhys-Davies in last season’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. As... read more »
  • Vera Stark
    Toni is proud to make her Alliance Theatre debut in the title role. Ms. Trucks has a wide range of work spanning stage, film, and television. This fall she can be found... read more »
  • Understudy for Mr. Slasvick/Brad Donovan/Maximillian von Oster/Peter Rhys-Davies
    Jeremy is thrilled to be back at the Alliance Theatre. Some of his favorite Atlanta credits include Shrek: The Musical; A Christmas Carol; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark;... read more »


  • Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 15 years and has designed more than 85 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 20... read more »
  • Set Design
    Regional: Charley’s Aunt (Guthrie Theater); Macbeth (Shakespeare Theater); Rough Crossing (Old Globe Theatre); You Never Can... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Although lark has been Stage Managing here at the Alliance Theatre for more than 20 years, she has worked for many regional theatres across the United States (Cleveland... read more »
  • Composer
    Haddon is both a composer and a sound designer who currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. The Snow Queen, his new rock musical adaptation... read more »
  • Playwright
    Lynn Nottage’s newest play By The Way, Meet Vera Stark has been produced Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, Geffen Theatre and Goodman Theatre, amongst... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Broadway—Motown (upcoming), Porgy and Bess (Tony nom), Topdog/Underdog. Off Broadway— Second Stage: Water by the Spoonful, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (... read more »
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Jayson is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre! He has had the pleasure of working on Alliance productions such as The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark;... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Mr. Yunker is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Sarasota Opera Association, Lighting Designer for Atlanta Opera on more than 50 productions, and International... read more »


  • Director
    NYC: born bad (U.S. premiere, Soho Rep, Obie Award); Bulrusher (World Premiere and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Urban Stages); Kent, CT (Zipper Theater).  Nationally:... read more »


Featuring new & developing work by Nichole Palmietto, Mark Kendall, and Haddon Kime

TVY Grant

The Woodruff Arts Center announced today that it has a received a $6.6 million grant to support ‘Art From The Start’, a new program designed to provide families and students greater access to the Arts Center’s art and arts education work.

Conceptual design of the Alliance Stage

Funding To Support Alliance Theatre Renovation, Matching Grant For Core Artistic, Educational Programs and Positions for the Atlanta Symphony,


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