What: Ruth and the Green Book
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
When: Feb. 7 – Feb. 26, 2012
Cost: Tickets are $25 and available by visiting www.puppet.org or called 404-873-3391.
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I’m fascinated by the topic behind the Center for Puppetry Arts latest show Ruth and the Green Book for two reasons. 1. I love that the Center is hosting shows specifically for tweens and teens. Ruth and the Green Book is recommended for ages nine and up
2. The subject of this show is travel, but not just any travel. African American travel in the 1950′s and the need for a “Green Book” that served as a guide to establishments that welcomed African Americans. It’s a perfect show to commemorate Black History Month.
The puppet show is based on the book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey. Chronicling a relatively-unknown chapter in Civil Rights history, Ruth and the Green Book follows an African American family as they travel from Chicago to Alabama in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. After being turned away from hotels, gas stations and restaurants, 8-year-old Ruth and her parents are introduced to “The Green Book,” a travel guide for black motorists conceived as a response to the humiliation and violence experienced by African Americans while traveling. There will be talkback sessions following every performance. I’m sure kids (and maybe a few adults) will have lots of questions.
If you’d like to meet the author of Ruth and the Green Book, he is doing a book signing at the Center for Puppetry Arts on Saturday Feb. 11 from 9 – 10 pm after the 7:30 pm performance. The meet and greet is free with your show ticket and books will be available for sale.
If you are interested in learning more about “The Green Book,” here are a few good links -
The Harlem World – A good overview article of The Negro Motorist Green Book and why it was necessary,
The Green Book - A link to the actual Green Book from 1949