Bishop Goes Blonde for Civic Show Vera Stark
The Golden Age of Hollywood; the 1930s. The glitz. The glamour. The cut-throat competition. That's where we start the irreverent comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Civic Theatre. I play Gloria Mitchell, a former child star trying to be taken seriously as an adult actor. Gloria's maid, an African American woman named Vera Stark, is also trying to break in to the biz. Fortune smiles upon them both when a script for a sweeping Southern epic (ala Gone with the Wind) comes their way, changing their lives forever and leaving an indelible mark on the history of cinema. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark epitomizes the old adage: It's called "show business," not "show friends".
Enough about the plot; have you seen this wig?
You know that feeling of looking in the mirror after you've gotten a much needed hair cut? At first you're taken aback by the drastic change from your before/after, your eyes competing with the new image and your memory? You can't even LOOK in the mirror, it's such a drastic change? Now imagine going from messy grown-out brunette faux hawk to Ginger Rogers. Not only am I a blonde in this show, but I have hair. Hair. How weird is that? I'm also supposed to have some amazingly glamorous vintage costume pieces (aside from this badass marabou cape, above). I'm 34 and I'm getting away with playing dress-up. It's pretty rad.
So, come on down to the Civic Theatre for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Show opens April 7th and runs through the 23rd at The Parish Theatre. Get tickets by calling the box office at 343.1313, or by clicking here. (Some language may not be appropriate for all audiences).