The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip

Five contemporary black women friends from Kansas City, Missouri take a weekend train trip as part of their book/wine club. Marie, a librarian, in addition to arranging the trip, is also doing research for her grandmother’s 80th birthday which involves looking through “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the guidebook used by African-Americans in pre-integration America to know the safe places to stay and patronize...
Five contemporary black women friends from Kansas City, Missouri take a weekend train trip as part of their book/wine club. Marie, a librarian, in addition to arranging the trip, is also doing research for her grandmother’s 80th birthday which involves looking through “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the guidebook used by African-Americans in pre-integration America to know the safe 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. But not only has she traveled to Jim Crow Missouri, she finds herself staying in a boarding house that is actually a bordello, and where one of the “working girls” may be her great-grandmother. (The four women in the past that Marie meets are double cast with her friends on the train trip.)

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The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    30 May. 2021
    A beautiful, moving play of understanding identity and the history that shapes these women. Well done.
  • Troels Kjær:
    25 Jun. 2020
    A beautiful play. Like a good book I felt compelled to read it again. A rich story about identity, race, gender and history. The play is filled with fantastic dialogue, well defined characters and moments of truth and tenderness that resonate on an emotional level.
  • Dave Osmundsen:
    1 Jan. 2020
    A warm, heartfelt, and time-bending journey into the past for an African American woman who is coming to terms with her history, both familial and social. The play builds up to a surprising and moving conclusion that leaves the audience thinking about how we look at the present as well as the past. Also provides juicy roles for African American actresses.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    National Black Theatre (NYC)
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Olathe (Ks) Civic Theatre Association
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    KC Melting Pot Theatre
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
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New Works Play Competition
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Olathe Civic Theatre Association
,
2017