Douglas Morrisson Theatre's Opening Night of "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark"

Douglas Morrisson Theatre's 2015-16 Season
Opening Night!

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) proudly announces the Northern California Premiere of "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark," written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage.  

Take a 70-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a budding African-American actress working as a lady’s maid for a white Hollywood starlet. When they’re both cast in the same Southern epic, Vera’s career — and controversial legacy — are launched.

Nottage sets the play in three periods: 1933, 1973 and 2003. Like Russian nesting dolls, she frames scenes from Vera’s early days with her appearance on a 1973 talk show and a 2003 academic colloquium convened to dissect Vera’s life and career. Nottage also treats us to scenes from Vera’s breakout film, “The Belle of New Orleans.” During the course of the play we learn a long-held secret from Vera and Gloria’s past.

Opens: Friday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m., champagne reception after the show! Closes: Sunday, September 20, 2:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Douglas Morrisson Theatre or call (510) 881-6777 or visit us on the web:


The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) proudly announces the 2015-16 Season "REVELATIONS." Come take journey of adventure through the eyes of an 1930's aspiring African-American actress Vera in "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark," or the exploits of college buddies devoted to study and the challenges they face when four girls enter the scene in "Love's Labour's Lost" a musical based on the play by William Shakespeare!  Who can forget the independent Vivie living on her own suddenly gets a surprise visit from her mother she barely knows in "Mrs. Warren's Profession." Join us for all this and more in our season of Revelations.

The 36th season of Revelations's playbill begins Aug. 27 – Sept. 20, 2015, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, by Lynn Nottage; Nov. 5 – 29, 2015, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Musical based on the play by William Shakespeare, Music by Michael Friedman, book adapted by Alex Timbers; Feb. 11 – Mar. 6, 2016, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, by George Bernard Shaw; April 8 – 17, 2016, One For All: A Solo Artists Festival; May 19 – June 12, 2016, Book of Days, by Lanford Wilson. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call (510) 881-6777.

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