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By the Way Meet Vera Stark

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Tlaloc Rivas

February 1 - 10, 2018

David Thayer Theatre
UI Theatre Building, 200 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA, 52242

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage serves up old Hollywood in the hilarious and poignant comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.
Vera Stark, a headstrong black American actress begins a career in the 1930's, at a time when her only shot at succcess lay in stealing small scenes in musical pageants, screwball comedies, and antebellum romances. But did her legacy, whose eventual fame and fortune came out of perpetuating dangerous sterotypes, come at a price? By the Way, Meet Vera Stark paints a vivid picture of a mysterious screen queen - and wonders who, in another time, she might have been.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York.

Please Note: This production contains adult language, simulated alcohol consumption and the use of non-tobacco electronic cigarettes.

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Running Time

2 hours and 15 minutes, including 1 ten-minute intermission.


For this University Theatre event, each University of Iowa or other college student must present their student ID to attend the performance with a student ticket.



Parking in Lot 55 is free for patrons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Parking meters surround the perimeter of the lot for week-day use. Please note that Lot 55 is also a staging area for free shuttle buses to Hawkeye Football and Basketball games. On Saturdays when Mainstage performances are held at the same time as a Hawkeye Football Game, the metered lot on the West side of the Theatre Building will be reserved for Theatre Patrons.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. All theatres are accessible, and are equipped with hearing augmentation systems. For details, call Accessibility Services at (319-335-1158). The main entrance is accessible to persons with disabilities, and is located on the east (river) side of the building. It is reached via a ramp located at the southwest corner of the building.

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