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(Dover, DE)- November 19th at 2:00PM and November 20th, and 21st  at 7:30 PM Delaware State University theater students will perform in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, a unique mixed media play that explores the racial tensions and limited roles for African-American women in early Hollywood. This drama focuses on how the potential and talent of Vera Stark is never realized because of the limited film roles available to African-American women in the 1930s and beyond.

As a mixed media performance,  in includes a short film, “The Belle of New Orleans,” (click to watch film). The film reflects the cinematic choices and aesthetics of early Hollywood. The film was shot on location at the State Street Inn, located in historic Dover, Delaware. The cinematography and film editing was completed by students in the mass communications program under the direction of Vincent Ciammaichelli.

The show features students Olivia Manning as young Vera Stark, Dana Matthews as mature Vera Stark, Idalis Stamas as young Gloria, and Haley Clayton-Moyer as mature Gloria.  The show is directed by Dr. Amanda Anderson.  General Admission, $5.00 or free to DSU students, with ID.


Vera Stark (young): Olivia Manning / Understudy: Raven Wainwright
Vera Stark (mature): Dana Matthews / Understudy: Raven Wainwright
Gloria Mitchell (young): Idalis Stamos
Gloria Mitchell (mature): Haley Clayton-Moyer
Max Von Oster: James Fisher
LeRoy Barksdale (Young and Mature) Daron Hilton
Lottie McBride: Jasmine Walker
Carmen Levy Green: Raven Wainwright
Afua Assta Ejobo: Jahselah White
Anna Mae Simpkins: Bria Borders
Mr. Slavsvick: Jordan McClemments
Brad Donovan: Anthony  McIver
Radio Announcer: Anthony  McIver
Peter Rhys-Davis: Paul Hamilton
Radio Actor: Paul Hamilton
Herb Forrester: Liam Joseph