Dinner & a Show

Ursinus College, Collegeville Economic Development Corp. Present “Dinner and a Show”

“By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” runs Feb. 23-26 on the Ursinus College campus


COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (Jan. 23, 2017) — The acclaimed comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is coming to the stage at Ursinus College and theatergoers can enjoy pre-show dinner specials at local restaurants for a memorable evening out.  For the Sunday afternoon matinee, the specials are available for either lunch or dinner.

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. Thursday, Feb. 23, Friday, Feb. 24, 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.  

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 junior theater majors Mya Flood as Vera Stark and Charlotte Torres 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 www.ursinus.edu/tickets, on the CEDC website, www.collegevilledevelopment.org, or by calling the Ursinus box office at (610) 409-3030. The CEDC website includes information about Dinner and a Show and 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 BYOB http://www.bonjungsushi.com/
Tel. 610 489 7022 – 10% off each dinner
NOTE:  Open on Sunday for dinner only from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Copperfield Inn http://www.copperfieldinn.net/
Tel 484 938 7082 –10% off each dinner 

DaVinci’s Pub http://www.davincispub.com/
Tel. 610 831 1955 –10% off each dinner 

Forno Antico BYOB http://www.fornoanticopizzanapolitana.com/
Tel. 610 454 113010% off each dinner

Marzella’s Pizza BYOB http://www.marzellaspizza.com/
Tel. 610 489 4946 – 10% off each dinner

My Friends Tavern http://www.myfriendstavern.com/
Tel. 610 489 1808 — A surprise special side

Osteria http://www.osteriaevansburg.com/
Tel. 610 489 9886 —10% off each dinner
NOTE:  On Sundays Osteria is open 1 to 9 p.m.

Phamous Phil’s Fried Chicken and BBQ  BYOB Limerick
Tel 610 489 7675, press #2 – 10% off each dinner
NOTE:  Their Collegeville restaurant is closed for renovations.  Phamous Phil’s Limerick is located at 224 West Ridge Pike.

Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine BYOB  http://www.shagunindianrestaurant.com/
Tel. 610 409 9988 – 10% off each dinner

Thai Basil Bistro BYOB http://thaibasilbistrocpa.com/
610 489 3633 10% off each dinner
NOTE:  Thai Basil Bistro is closed on Sundays.

The Pizza Stop BYOB http://www.pizzastopcollegeville.com/
Tel. 610 489 6225 – 10% off each dinner
NOTE:  The Pizza Stop no longer serves beer.

Tortugas Mexican Eatery BYOB and BYOT (bring your own wine and tequila.) http://www.tortugasmex.com/
Tel. 610 489 0600 – 10% off each dinner
NOTE:  Tortugas no longer serves wine and beer.

The Trappe Tavern http://trappetavern2.com/
Tel. 610 489 8686 – 10% off each dinner 

WIBS Wings Ribs & More BYOB http://www.wibswingsribsmore.com/
Tel. 610 489 1350 –10% off each dinner



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 www.ursinus.edu/about/getting-here.