Olathe Civic Theatre Association is pleased to present a full-length
staged reading from the winner of the New Works Playwright Competition which was held in March, The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip by Michelle Tyrene Johnson.
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.