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Dinner and a Show: “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”

The acclaimed comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is on stage at Ursinus College and theatergoers can enjoy pre-show dinner specials at local restaurants for a memorable evening out.

Ursinus College and the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) are again teaming up for “Dinner and a Show.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus.  

For the Sunday afternoon matinee, the specials are available for either lunch or dinner.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, is a comic look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. The play tells the story of Vera Stark, an African-American maid and budding actress whose boss, Gloria Mitchell, is a white Hollywood star desperately trying to hold onto her career.

“The play is hilarious and smart,” says Domenick Scudera, a professor of theater at Ursinus who is directing the play. “Act 1 is a screwball comedy played as a screwball comedy in Hollywood of 1933. Act 2 transports us to the present day, where a panel of scholars are hotly (and hysterically) debating the career of Vera Stark by analyzing her films and her appearance on a 1970s TV show.”

The Ursinus production stars theater majors Mya Flood ’18 as Vera Stark and Charlotte Torres ’18 as Gloria Mitchell. Nottage, the playwright, won the Pulitzer Prize for her play Ruined in 2009. Her latest play, Sweat, grew out of Nottage’s Reading Project, a multi-year and multi-platform work that focused on Reading, Pa.

Tickets for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors, students and Ursinus faculty and staff. They can be purchased at ursinus.edu/tickets, on the CEDC website, collegevilledevelopment.org, or by calling the Ursinus box office at (610) 409-3030. The CEDC website includes information about specials at participating restaurants.

At both websites, individuals will be issued a receipt to show at the participating restaurant on the day of the performance to get the dinner special. They will also need to present their receipt at the Ursinus College box office to pick up their tickets. Theatergoers should arrive at the box office at least 15 minutes before the show begins.

The following restaurants are offering dinner specials to customers attending By the Way, Meet Vera Stark:

Bonjung Japanese Restaurant  

Copperfield Inn  

DaVinci’s Pub  

Forno Antico  

Marzella’s Pizza 

My Friends Tavern

Osteria 

Phamous Phil’s Fried Chicken and BBQ 

Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine 

Thai Basil Bistro 

The Pizza Stop 

Tortugas Mexican Eatery 

The Trappe Tavern 

WIBS Wings Ribs & More

The Lenfest Theater is located within the college’s Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Theatergoers should park in the college’s west parking lot, entering from Ninth Ave. For directions visit ursinus.edu/about/getting-here.