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Poetry on the Porch: Tiana Clark

When: Tue., Sept. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 2018

A lacerating critique of racial representation in motion pictures set in a 1930s screwball comedy? If Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's wicked 2011 satire stopped there, it would still be an unlikely achievement. But By the Way, Meet Vera Stark follows the title character over seventy years between 1933, when she's a headstrong actor looking for a break in a Hollywood where African Americans are only cast in insulting, stereotypical roles, and 2003, when self-serving scholars are looking back at her career. We've seen Young Jean Lee's controversial work The Shipment and Camille A. Brown's Mr. TOL. E. RAncE take on such endless revisions to socially palatable racial identities in popular culture throughout the twentieth century. But Nottage is funnier, even as she dips her pen in acid to lampoon a smarmy talk-show debacle and narcissistic academics. Tina Morris-Anderson directs and plays the title role. —Byron Woods

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