Local playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, winner of OCTA’s recent New Works Playwright Competition, returns with director Teresa Leggard for two Winner Workshop full-length staged readings of the wildly popular THE GREEN BOOK WINE CLUB TRAIN TRIP.
Local playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, winner of OCTA’s recent New
Works Playwright Competition, returns with director Teresa Leggard for two full-length Winner Workshop
full-length staged readings of the competition’s wildly popular The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip on July 7 and 8 at 8 pm.
ABOUT THE SCRIPT: Five contemporary black women in the Kansas City area take a weekend
train trip to St. Louis as part of the book and wine club they are in
together. Marie, a librarian, in addition to arranging the trip, is also
doing research for the memory book she is putting together for her
grandmother's 80th birthday. Part of Marie's research involves looking
through "The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the guidebook used by
African-Americans in pre-segregation America to know the safe and
welcoming places to stay and patronize while traveling. Marie
accidentally time travels to the 1940s, where she stays in a boarding
house mentioned in the “Green Book”. (The four women in the boarding
house are also played by actresses playing Marie's friends on the train
trip.) Marie discovers family secrets as well as gets an up-close view
of how the present and the past compare, contrast, and converge.
THE CAST Rasheedat "Ras" Badejo (Saige/Lucy) Marica Davis (Marie) Lanette King (Alicia/Cotton Blue) Amber McKinnon (Toni/Henrietta) Aishah Ogbeh (Lynn/Bertha) Earl McWilliams (Stage Directions/Male Voices)