It’s certainly an auspicious moment for a theater party celebrating cannabis to hit the off-Broadway scene in New York, where the Empire State was legalized this year.
Five years in preparation, Hemp! vaudeville viper Seeking to be educational as well as fun, tracing the plant from its origins in the remote steppes of Central Asia right through the hip-hop culture that revives the show.
greening New York City theatrical scene
Hemp! It will be carried out from January 8 to 15 in no mama, a legendary place in the East Village, as part of the Prototype FestivalA citywide showcase of unprecedented or ground-breaking new business.
The main characters in the production are Grace Gallo, composer, performer and music director. and Baba Israel, writer, artist and co-director. Seven-piece set Soul included They will be joined by dancers from MacArthur Prize Winner Squad urban women bush, and the “crumpingRoca Jamies.
“There will be a choreography for every song, for the sense of storytelling and theatrical performance,” Israel says. He describes the work as “a fully immersive multimedia performance.”
Interior designer Nick Bensarraf has a bit of a family connection to Israel, which is a descendant of Two veterans From the leading experimental band live theaterSteve Ben Israel and Pamela Mayo. Pay later too work with live theatre.
Social history through music
Hemp! It is actually seen as a musical and theatrical adaptation of the book Smoke signals: a social history of marijuana–medical, recreational, and scientific According to the project Convention on Biological Diversity Lee, a comprehensive work published by Scribner in 2012. The musical performances aim to illustrate the steps along the way in the evolution of cannabis culture.
These include “La Cucaracha,” an anthem glorifying marijuana for the Mexican Revolution, Ella Fitzgerald’s “When I get low, I excel,” and The Beatles’ “(I’m Outstanding) With a Little Help from My Friends,” Bob Dylan’s Rainy Day Women (In “Everyone Should Be Stoned”), and “Kaya” by Bob Marley.
Among the original songs developed by Gallo honors Israel and their collaborators Dennis Peron And brownie mary (Mary Jane Rathbone), two legendary characters who made cannabis available to patients during the lozenges The San Francisco crisis of the 1990s – a period that really generated the current global pressure for legalization.
Israel contemplates the happy moment of the exhibition opening, months after the appearance of cannabis Legal in New York State. “When I started working on the show five years ago, I felt legalization was a long way off. I expected the show to be more of an advocacy platform for legalization in New York, to be part of that mobilization. Now it turns out to be more of a celebration.”
However, he is quick to stress: “But it is still illegal federally, and the way that legalization is unfolding in other states has been problematic. There is still a lot of work to be done.”
All performance of hemp! It will be followed by a panel discussion or a presentation by a group of activists, “to address some of the issues that need to be resolved in New York and federally,” Israel says. The scheduled participants shall include representatives from National Hemp Party and cannabis education in New Jersey & Research Institute (siri).
Israel sums up the production’s vision: “This theme needs a real show that can honor the history of counterculture, from jazz musicians to the Beat generation, and even lozenges Nineties activity. We want to honor the richness of tradition, and make sure the way we came to rationing isn’t whitewashed, they say. And to remember who was affected by the war on drugs, remember the cultures that nurtured this plant through Prohibition.”
Tickets can be purchased here.