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Culture notes: Center for Puppetry Arts, Theatrical Outfit seasons

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Center for Puppetry Arts season

The Center for Puppetry Arts has announced its 2011-12 programs. Family highlights include Jon Ludwig’s “Cinderella Della Circus” (June 16-July 17), turning our heroine into a circus artist working for a cruel ringmaster with jealous daughters, and Ludwig’s “Space!” (Jan. 26-March 11), billed as “galactic trip filled with cosmic special effects.” The teen-adult series includes a world premiere adaption of Atlanta author Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s civil rights journey “Ruth and the Green Book” (Feb. 7-26). Full schedule: www.puppet.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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Jim Crow era focus of upcoming play

A world premiere of “The Green Book, ” a tale of a meeting of disparate minds during the perilous Jim Crow era, is among the works to be staged by Atlanta theater company Theatrical Outfit during its 2011-12 season, the company announced Friday.

The story grows from playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s research into the real “Green Book, ” a travel guide that showed black tourists where it was safe to dine and stay overnight in an America that outlawed black guests in many hotels and restaurants.

The Theatrical Outfit, a nonprofit presenter of the dramatic arts, stages its plays in downtown’s Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St.

Other plays the company will present during a season that begins Aug. 17 and runs through May 6, 2012, include “Freud’s Last Session, ” by Mark St. Germaine, which imagines a debate on God, sex and life between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud; “Red, ” John Logan’s portrait of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko; and “A Wrinkle in Time, ” an adaptation by John Glore of the pivotal young adult novel by Madeleine L’Engle.

Information: 678-528- 1500, www.theatrical outfit.org. BO EMERSON

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