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Ruth and the Green Book

Ruth and the Green Book
Photo courtesy of Lerner Publishing Group

Adapted and Directed by Jon Ludwig
Based on the book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey,
with illustrations by Floyd Cooper

Produced by special arrangement with Lerner Publishing Group
2011-12 Teen & Adult Series
Recommended for ages 9+

Feb 7 - 26, 2012

Downstairs Theater

•Tues-Thurs: 11am
•Fri: 11am & 7:30pm
•Sat: 3pm & 7:30pm
•Sun: 5pm

"This story touches on a little-known moment in American history with elegance, compassion and humanity." --Kirkus Reviews

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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. Using an innovative combination of puppetry and animated projections that are inspired by the book's evocative illustrations, this collaboration between Artistic Director Jon Ludwig and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey celebrates this great guidebook that  helped Ruth's family, like many others, find safe routes to welcoming places and people. As part of the Teen & Adult performance series, Ruth and the Green Book is recommended for ages nine and up.

"Ruth and the Green Book" books are available for sale in the Center's Museum Store!
Cost: $16.95

Awards for the children’s book, Ruth and the Green Book
  • 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Book Award
  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
  • Gold Medal in the Children’s Picture Books (All Ages) category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children (Ages 7-10 category)
  • School Library Journal – Starred Review

  • Talkbacks: following every performance

    Puppetry Style:
    Rod, Projections

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    Recommended for ages 9+

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    Downstairs Theater
    Feb 7 - 26, 2012

    •Tues-Thurs: 11am
    •Fri: 11am & 7:30pm
    •Sat: 3pm & 7:30pm
    •Sun: 5pm

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