New Works Playwright Competition...


Jul 8, 2017

Sat 8:00 PM

500 East Loula Street
Olathe, KS 66061



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New Works Playwright Competition Winner Workshop Featuring the full-length staged reading of  The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip by Michelle Tyrene Johnson July 7 and 8 at 8 pm   TICKETS: $10 regular tickets and $5 for OCTA subscribers*   WHO: Olathe Civic Theatre Association is pleased to present a full-length staged reading from the winner of the New Works Playwright Competition, The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip by Michelle Tyrene Johnson. THE GREEN BOOK WINE CLUB TRAIN TRIP Written 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. *Season Ticket Holders THE CAST Rasheedat Badejo Marica Davis Lanette King Amber McKinnon Aishah Ogbeh Earl McWilliams WHAT: The New Works Playwright Competition is a unique opportunity for local playwrights to get their name out in the community and have a chance to workshop their production on the OCTA stage.    WHY: OCTA continues to seek ways to provide aspiring artists opportunities to grow. We feel our unique space and collaborative spirit can provide a safe environment for aspiring playwrights to be heard.   *Season Ticket Holders - $5 at the door (or contact or 913-782-2990 to reserve these discounted tickets in advance).   PLAN YOUR VISIT TO OCTA: Tickets may be purchased with credit card, check, or cash. Free parking is available in the OCTA lot and on the street. Concessions are available for cash or credit donation and may be taken into the theater.