Theatrical Outfit is proud to launch its 2011-2012 season with the World Premiere The Green Book by Atlanta writer Calvin Alexander Ramsey, August 17 – September 11, 2011 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s.
Set in 1953 Jefferson City, Missouri, this new drama addresses the racial tension of a period marked by Jim Crow laws and segregation, remembering an element rarely recorded in the history books: Victor H. Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book. This manual helped guide black tourists to restaurants and residences where they could safely dine and stay overnight pre-Civil Rights Movement.
“Most kids today hear about the Underground Railroad, but this other thing has gone unnoticed. It just fell on me, really, to tell the story,” said Ramsey in his 2010 interview with Celia McGee of The New York Times.
When a young African American couple and a Holocaust survivor share accommodations, the juxtaposition of local and international discrimination causes the household to share a dramatic exchange that transforms their lives.
The Green Book runs August 17 – September 11, 2011. Performances are Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m.; Seniors Matinees Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sep. 10 at 2:30 p.m.; Student Matinee on Wednesday, Sep. 7 at 11 a.m. Group discounts available; call 678-528-1497.
Directed by Freddie Hendricks, the cast includes Donna Biscoe, Veanna Black, Rob Cleveland, Neal A. Ghant, Barry Stewart Mann, E. Roger Mitchell, Archie Lee Simpson, and Sharisa Whatley.
Tickets are $15. For information call the box office at 678-528-1500 or visit the website at www.theatricaloutfit.org.