vera stark

Going off of my previous post about A Dolls House Pt 2 and Oslo; I consider myself to have a pretty good knowledge about straight plays and playwrights. However, J.T Rogers and Lucas Hnath were basically unknown by me. (the only thing I recognize was I remember reading the Times review of Hnath’s play Red Speedo last year, but I forgot his name and only recognized the title when I googled him) 
Meanwhile, Paula Vogel and Lynn Nottage have put goddamn fucking DECADES into regional and off-broadway theatre and have won numerous accolades for their brilliant work, THE GODDAMN PULITZER PRIZE (Which Nottage just won for a second time so honestly if the other political drama Oslo wins there is 100% obvious racism and sexism happening there) Most people who know straight plays are familiar with their work- Ruined, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, How I Learned to Drive, The Baltimore Waltz are all STAPLES of contemporary American theatre- but it has taken until NOW to have them finally make their Broadway debut??? 
And Paula Vogel is also a goddamn brilliant professor who has had to stand by and watch a HUGE number of her own students make their Broadway debuts and win Tonys so honestly????


Alysanne Stark was the second wife of Torrhen Stark, mother of his only son Edderion and the last Queen of Winter. She became ill shortly after their son was born, her situation only worsened when Torrhen marched south to meet the Targaryen host. Alysanne died the morning Torrhen returned to Winterfell.


It is said that Torrhen Stark saved thousands when he gave up his crown to the Targaryen conquerors and bent the knee at Trident, yet…

…he couldn’t save the only one that mattered most.

This week is the first SPARK Week at Kansas State University where various departments showcase their initiative in research in their field. Theatre is no exception. I was happy to give my research as an example of the exceptional research being done for K-State Theatre and am thankful for my cast members and dear friends still at school for taking the time to accumulate my research and create a display for Vera Stark.


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.