The Geffen Playhouse will present the opening night performance of "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The show, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Jo Bonney, stars Sanaa Lathan as a former maid who lands a groundbreaking role in a "Southern epic" Hollywood film.
Her hope for "Vera Stark" in L.A. is that it "will open a conversation. That's what the play was designed to do." And of course, she "would be open" to a Broadway run.
Performances will continue through Oct. 28 at Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave.
—City News Service contributed to this report.