Watch Film Clip From 'Refinding Vera Stark' Based On Lynn Nottage's Play

by Sergio
October 21, 2012 3:44 PM
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Pulitzer Prize award winning playwright Lynn Nottage's (Ruined) play, By The Way Meet Vera Starkabout a fictional black actress working as a maid to a fading white Hollywood actress, was a critical and box office Off Broadway smash. 

The play is still being performed currently at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with Sanaa Lathan, who originated the role in the premiere N.Y. production; also in spring 2013, the play will be staged at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

However, Ms. Nottage and filmmaker Carmen Levy-Green, with some creative license, have made a "mockumentary" about Stark, titled Lost and Found: Refinding Vera Stark, which further explores her fictional character's background and disappointments.

Among the highlights, in this excerpt from the film, is a grand appearance by the legendary actress/director/acting teacher Billie Allen Henderson, who plays Winnie Hawkins, a former acting collegue of Stark.

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  • Denise | April 29, 2013 6:34 PMReply

    Thoroughly entertaining, almost looks real :)

  • Ma Wickline | October 21, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    I don't think Vera Stark is fictional. She was an actor who Lynn Nottage felt was under-rated and under-employed—always given bit parts instead of the roles she deserved.

  • sergio | October 21, 2012 11:59 PM

    The character of Stark is very much based on and is a composite of real black actresses from the period who shared the same experiences but the actual character of Vera Stark in the play is fictional. The people in the film are actors playing fictional people so how can Stark be a real person?

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