Groundbreaking fame – but at a price. That was the trade-off for Vera Stark, a fictional African-American actress who made her career in the 1930s playing roles that in some cases perpetuated negative stereotypes of people of color. Now, a new play that recently ended its run at the Goodman Theater, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” offers a glimpse into the struggle for many African-American actors during a time when segregation was still in place. On the May 24 Barbershop Show, host Richard Steele interviewed two actresses from the production – Amelia Workman and TaRon Patton – as well as the director of the play, Chuck Smith.
Don’t worry if you missed the show, we’ve got a video clip by Tyler Stabile, our new photojournalism intern, below:
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