The rumination on race, friendship, fame and film history will again be directed by Jo Bonney, who staged the Off-Broadway world premiere at Second Stage Theatre. Opening night is Sept. 26. Lathan starred in the TV movie "A Raisin in the Sun" (repeating her Broadway work as Beneatha Younger) and the film "Contagion." She plays Mona Fredricks on the TV series "Boss."
Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for her play Ruined. Her work also includes Fabulation, or The Re- Education of Undine; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers; and Poof! She is the recipient of the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award and many other honors.
Lathan reunites with original cast member Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer"), reprising her role as fellow aspiring African-American actress Lottie. Broadway vet and Geffen alum Merle Dandridge (Spamalot, Rent, Aida) plays Anna Mae (who fakes a Brazilian accent for a slice of fame) and former leading lady of ABC's "Man Up," Amanda Detmer, plays Gloria Mitchell, the white starlet — aka "America's little sweetie pie" and Vera's first employer.
The cast also includes Kevin Carroll ("Paid in Full," "Being John Malkovich"), Spencer Garrett ("Iron Man 3," "Air Force One") and Geffen alum Mather Zickel ("Extraordinary Chambers," "Rachel Getting Married").
Previews for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark begin in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on Sept. 18 for a run to Oct. 28.
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