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New Works Playwright Competition Winner Workshop

New Works Playwright Competition Winner Workshop

The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip


Written by Michelle Tyrene Johnson | Directed by Teresa Leggard (click names for bios)


Dates: July 7 and 8 at 8 pm



REGULAR TICKETS: $10 online and at the door | Buy tickets now!

OCTA SUBSCRIBERS: $5 at the door | Subscribers can contact tickets@olathetheatre.org or 913-782-2990 to reserve these discounted tickets in advance.


Local playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson, winner of OCTA’s recent New Works Playwright Competition (NWPC), returns with director Terasa Leggard for the Winner Workshop full-length staged reading of the competition’s wildly popular script, The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip.



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. Read more about the play and the New Works Playwright Competition here!


THE CAST AND CREW (Click for company bios and headshots)
Rasheedat “Ras” Badejo (Saige/Lucy)
Marica Davis (Marie)
Lanette King (Alicia/Cotton Blue)
Amber McKinnon (Toni/Henrietta)
Aishah Ogbeh (Lynn/Bertha)
Earl McWilliams (Stage Directions/Male Voices)
Alexa Cioffi (Lights/Sound Operator)



Established in 2016, 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. 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.

TICKETS are available online now.


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.