Jenni Barber, Jessica Frances Dukes, Manoel Felciano, Warner Miller, Carra Patterson, Heather Alicia Simms and David Turner in Signature Theatre’s revival of Lynn Nottage’s BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK 

Signature Theatre’s revival of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and Residency 1 playwright Lynn Nottage began previews on January 29 and has been extended through March 10 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Opening night is February 19.

Warner Miller and Jessica Frances Dukes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Warner Miller and Jessica Frances Dukes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Helmed by Obie Award-winner Kamilah Forbes, the cast of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark includes Jenni Barber (Sunday in the Park with George) as Gloria, Jessica Frances Dukes (Yellowman) as Vera, Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano (Amélie, Sweeney Todd) 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.

Heather Alicia Simms and Jessica Frances Dukes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Heather Alicia Simms and Jessica Frances Dukes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The creative team includes Clint Ramos (Scenic Design), Dede M. Ayite (Costume Design), Matt Frey (Lighting Design), Mikaal Sulaiman (Sound Design), Katherine Freer (Projection Design) and Daniel Kluger (Composition). The Production Stage Manager is Laura Wilson and Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Jessica Frances Dukes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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.

Jessica Frances Dukes, Jenni Barber and Heather Alicia Simms. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes, Jenni Barber and Heather Alicia Simms. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

All tickets for the initial run of the production are $35 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. For more information, please visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access is a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation with additional support provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Unlikely Collaborators, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

David Turner, Jessica Frances Dukes and Manoel Felciano. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
David Turner, Jessica Frances Dukes and Manoel Felciano. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Carra Patterson, Heather Alicia Simms and Warner Miller. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Carra Patterson, Heather Alicia Simms and Warner Miller. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes and Jenni Barber. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes and Jenni Barber. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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