TJ Reading of THE GREEN BOOK at Lincoln Theatre featured in New York Times

A great piece with great pix appears today on the front page of the Arts section of The New York Times.

Here’s all the info from the press release:

Contact: Glory Edim, PR & Marketing Coordinator / 202-328-6061

The Historic Lincoln Theatre & Theater J present
“The Green Book”
By Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Featuring Special Guest – Julian Bond

Washington, DC, – This fall, the Lincoln Theatre presents a dramatic reading of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s “The Green Book,” featuring civil rights activist and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond. The play, inspired by “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide used by African-Americans when much of the United States was segregated; tells the enthralling story of a holocaust survivor and an African-American salesman, and how their lives intersect in 1950’s America.

The Green Book is the first of “Backstage at the Lincoln” an exceptional series of live play readings presented in partnership with Theater J and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The series launches Wednesday, September 15, with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:45 p.m. and a Q & A with the playwright Calvin Ramsey and Mr. Bond. The play will be directed by Kenyatta Rodgers and will feature Jefferson Russell, Deidra LaWan Starnes, Doug Brown, Michelle Rogers, Brynn Tucker, Andreu Honeycutt, Fatima Quander with a cameo appearance by Mr. Bond.

“Backstage at the Lincoln,” highlights plays dealing with contemporary and historic issues in America’s “melting pot” of culture and identity. Each production offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues.

Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $25.00 includes entrance into the pre-event VIP reception. For more information visit

WHAT: “The Green Book” featuring special guest – Julian Bond

WHEN: Wednesday, September 15, 2011

Reception – 6:30 PM

Performance – 7:45 PM

WHERE: The Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW
Washington, DC

TICKETS: $15.00/$25.00 – available at or the box office (202-328-6000).

Opened in 1922, the Lincoln Theatre, was the center of a cultural renaissance that predated Harlem. Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey were joined by nationally acclaimed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway and Sarah Vaughn who performed regularly on our storied stage. Many of the eateries, clubs and hotels around the Lincoln and U Street were listed in “The Green Book.” Since 1993, the Lincoln has been managed by the U Street Theatre Foundation a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information about programs and special events visit


3 thoughts on “TJ Reading of THE GREEN BOOK at Lincoln Theatre featured in New York Times

  1. Where can I purchase a copy of the play? Amazon carries the children’s book but says nothing of the play. Thanks.

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