Calvin Ramsey, former Special Collections board member & playwright, brings new show to town
Theatrical Outfit launchs its 2011-2012 season with the World Premiere The Green Book by Atlanta writer Calvin Alexander Ramsey's, August 17 - September 11, 2011 at the Balzer Theatre 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. 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.
"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.
WHAT: The Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey. Recommended for all ages.
WHERE: Theatrical Outfit
The Balzer Theater at Herren's
84 Luckie Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
WHEN: August 17 - September 11, 2011. Performances are Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 pm; Seniors Matinees Wednesday, Aug. 31 & Saturday, Sep. 10 at 2:30 pm; Student Matinee on Wednesday, Sep. 7 at 11 am. Group discounts available; call 678.528.1497.
TICKETS: $15 - $35. Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday, noon to 6:00 pm and prior to performances. 678.528.1500; www.theatricaloutfit.org.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Based in Atlanta, Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a former Advisory Board Member of the Robert Woodruff Library Special Collections at Emory University. He is also a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award. His research and playwriting led to the creation of the award-winning Ruth and the Green Book, a children's book that introduces this historical event to younger audiences.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Freddie Hendricks, a critically acclaimed international director has directed shows throughout the U.S., Europe, and South Africa. He is founding artistic director of Atlanta's newest and most innovative Theater Company, Premiere Acting Crew (P.A.C.). Freddie gives a heartfelt thanks to the trailblazing artist who instilled artistic greatness and paved the way for him and others, Jomandi Productions, A.T.L.A.N.T.A. Inc., Peoples Survival, Proposition and Just Us Theater companies.
ABOUT THE CAST:
The cast includes Donna Biscoe, Veanna Black, Rob Cleveland, Neal A. Ghant, Barry Stewart Mann, E. Roger Mitchell, Archie Lee Simpson, and Sharisa Whatley.