The Green Book

Green Book Louisville Poster




by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Directed by David Y. Chack and Karen Edwards - Hunter

February 9th-24th

Preview Performance will be Friday, February 8th

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Opening Night Saturday, February 9th


An investigation of the impact of civil rights on contemporary American issues. Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s historical “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the setting takes place during a weekend when the Davis’ are celebrating the arrival of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois for a lecture. The appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that shows that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored.

 Jewish Heritage Fund

shpiel Fund for the arts


Dates and times of performances


7:30pm - 8 (preview), 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 

2:00pm - 10, 17, 24

A panel discussion will be held on Sunday, February 10th, immediately following the play: 

The stellar panel on Facing Hate Together is:



Talkback Schedule and affiliations


Feb 9th


Fred Gross, Author of “One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey Through France”

Ytasha Womack, Chicago-based Afro-Futurist filmmaker, and author of Afro-Futurism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture


Feb 10th panel

Sadiqa Reynolds, President, and CEO of the Louisville Urban League


Morris Weiss, at Kentucky One and formerly Jewish Hospital, who is also a champion of civil rights and a spokesman for world peace


Fred Whittaker, a notable Holocaust educator in Louisville, who recently visited Poland and the death camps there  


Ytasha Womack, Chicago-based Afro-Futurist filmmaker, and author of Afro-Futurism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture


Feb 15th


Janna Segal, Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies at University of Louisville

Nefertiti Burton, Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre Arts Howard University, Washington, D.C

Veda McClain is a consultant, master parent educator, speaker, and author. Her latest book is “I Mastered Parenting, and Here’s what I Did”


Feb 17th


Baron Kelly, Theatre Professor, Head of Acting at University of Louisville

Abby Glogower, Curator at The Filson Historical Society


Feb 21st


Abby Glogower, Curator at The Filson Historical Society

Reverand Dr. Dartanya Hill, Senior Pastor at West End Baptist Church


Feb 23rd


Aukram Burton, Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Rabbi Diane Tracht


Panelists will address the critically important issues of racism and anti-Semitism brought out in the play.




Chicago Jewish News (interview with Calvin A Ramsey in Chicago)

"As blacks and Jews converged in the making of the actual Green Book, so do they in the play. The character of Jacob Levinsky, the victim of Nazi ideology, sees the analogy between Old World fascism and New World racism, and so refuses to stay at any lodging place that practices discrimination. His sojourn with the Davis family in Missouri, whose home is listed in the Green Book, creates tension with a black Green Book salesman, who sees any mingling of the races – even on the part of liberal whites patronizing black-owned businesses – as the beginning of the end of his livelihood and world. Although the Green Book is gone, the spiky and complex issues and questions raised by its legacy are not.” Hugh Iglarsh



Pegasus Theatre Chicago and ShPIeL Performing Identity Present THE GREEN BOOK Review– A timely historical drama

"The tension builds throughout the first act as we see Barbara and Dan fearful of Neena’s looming departure to an out-of-state college. Neena’s desire for escape and independence in a segregated world, the Smith’s anxieties over traveling through the south and Keith’s conflict in choosing personal gain over fighting for civil rights roil together in this story...the second act makes the horrors of the day even more real. Jake (Levinsky’s) arrival shakes things up even more as we learn why he has chosen to stay with the Davis family instead of one of the segregated hotels. The violence of the time becomes more palpable and, frankly, gave this writer goosebumps. We are given reprieve from the tension through a number of comedic moments throughout the play, which also serves to show humankind’s incredible capacity for hope and happiness despite past and ongoing trauma. This is an excellent ensemble piece in which every character is as important and engaging as the one before….though The Green Book takes place over 60 years ago, the issues explored in Ramsey’s compelling work are still poignant and important in today’s climate...Exploration and understanding of the deep and painful history and continued legacy of racism and anti-Semitism is vital as these issues are still very much around today...The Green Book will stay with you and leave you feeling hopeful and inspired. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Taryn Smith

The Green Book helped African Americans travel in their automobiles across the United States from 1936 to 1967. It provided helpful services and places that were friendly to blacks, which eventually expanding its coverage from the New York area too much of North America, and as well as establishing a travel agency. Calvin A. Ramsey, adapter and co-author of Ruth and the Green Book, takes us back in time during the 50's where the Davis family opens their home to black travelers in the south during Jim Crow/segregation and the birth of Civil Rights activism. This poignant story is also an exploration of the influence of civil rights on contemporary American issues...We highly recommend that you come out and see this phenomenal play…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Rick and Brenda McCain