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. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, sly satire, directed by Kamilah Forbes, will take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera’s life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today.

"Critic’s Pick! It is such a good show! So clever, so playful, so keen to shapeshift and timeslip and whiz through half a dozen separate genres."
- The New York Times

"A welcome reminder that Nottage has a tricky pinball brain, capable of whanging through the decades and lighting us up with humor and rage."
Time Out New York  

"Jessica Frances Dukes keeps the center of the show sharp and shining. She’s wily and fierce, and undergoes a striking total transformation."
New York Magazine

 The Noël Coward Foundation logo  Access to Lynn Nottage’s Residency 1 productions is generously supported, in part, by The Noël Coward Foundation.

January 29 - March 10, 2019
Running Time
2 hours 25 minutes, with one intermission
The Irene Diamond Stage


Jenni Barber

Jessica Frances Dukes

Manoel Felciano

Warner Miller

Carra Patterson

Heather Alicia Simms

David Turner


Scenic Designer
Clint Ramos
Costume Designer
Dede Ayite
Lighting Designer
Matt Frey
Sound Designer
Mikaal Sulaiman
Projection Designer
Katherine Freer
Hair & Wig Design
Mia Neal
Daniel Kluger
Dialect Coach
Dawn-Elin Fraser
Production Stage Manager
Laura Wilson

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