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Center for Puppetry Arts Celebrates Diversity, Debuts “Ruth and the Green Book” in February
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Based on Award-Winning Book from Local Author, Show Traces Journey to Equality in Historic South

In February, the Center for Puppetry Arts brings to the stage an acclaimed story from local author Calvin Alexander Ramsey. Ruth and the Green Book follows the journey of an African-American family from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s. This fresh perspective on the struggle for equality offers a new way to celebrate Black History Month and learn about a relatively unknown chapter in civil rights history. Performances will be February 7-26, 2012.

Ruth and the Green Book tells the story of Ruth and her family as they travel through the Jim Crow-era South. After being turned away from a gas station and a hotel, eight-year-old Ruth and her parents discover "The Green Book," a travel guide for black motorists. This pivotal publication was conceived as a response to the humiliation and violence experienced by many African Americans traveling throughout the United States. With this guide, Ruth's family, like many others, find safe routes to welcoming places and people.

Ruth and the Green Book is based on an award-winning children’s story by author and Atlanta resident Calvin Alexander Ramsey with illustrations by Floyd Cooper.  It has been adapted for the puppet stage by Center for Puppetry Arts Artistic Director Jon Ludwig with original music by S. Renee Clark. Using an innovative combination of puppetry and animated projections inspired by the book's evocative illustrations, this collaboration celebrates a historic publication that helped many families learn where they would be welcome so that they could travel safely. As part of the Teen & Adult performance series, Ruth and the Green Book is recommended for ages nine and up.

Author Calvin A. Ramsey wrote Ruth and the Green Book to share the history of this important social document with others. “When I talk to young people at schools, I often ask them about the Underground Railroad, which most have studied,” commented author Calvin A. Ramsey. “But this period right after Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, they know little about it or how hard it was to travel during it. Ruth and the Green Book shines a light on this very important, yet little discussed, point of our history. It's pretty recent history, when you think about it.”  With this theatrical adaptation, Ramsey hopes to reach even more audiences.

“We’re thrilled to give this story new life,” said Ludwig. “The Center for Puppetry Arts has a strong record of celebrating diversity and offering fun ways to learn about history, each other and ourselves. In Ruth and the Green Book we invite audiences to join us on this journey of discovery and the struggle to equality.”

Ruth and the Green Book will be presented in the Downstairs Theater February 7-26. Show times are as follows:

  • Tuesday—Thursday: 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 5:00 p.m

As part of the Center’s Teen & Adult Workshops and Lectures series, Ruth and the Green Book author Calvin A. Ramsey will host a meet-and-greet event, discussion and book signing after the evening performance on Saturday, February 11. Additionally, artists will host talkbacks with the audience following each performance.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $25 AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT WWW.PUPPET.ORG OR BY CALLING THE TICKET SALES OFFICE AT 404-873-3391.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta • City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • National Endowment for the Arts • WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • AT&T The Real Yellow Pages • Regency Suites Hotel • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, please www.puppet.org.

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. These programs are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. The Center is a participant in the New Generations Program, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre. The Center is a Member of TCG. The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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