Telluride Theatre presents
CANNABIS THE CONCERT
with NYC band Soul Inscribed
MARCH 7 at 8PM
at The Sheridan Opera House, 110 N Oak Street
$15 - GA (Floor Standing)
$25 – GA (Balcony Seated)
21+ NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
As part of their new BEYOND THE BOX SERIES, Telluride Theatre is bringing NYC band Soul Inscribed to present this truly unique one-night-only event. CANNABIS THE CONCERT marks the inaugural performance of the ongoing series, which will bring original performance from theatre makers from around the country to Telluride. CANNABIS THE CONCERT is a theatrical event that shares the story of cannabis through Hip Hop and Spoken word with a soundtrack that spans Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles, and Bob Marley. The show also explores themes of liberation, racism, activism, and mass incarceration in our politically charged times. This project is inspired by “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific”- by Martin A. Lee (2012).
“We are excited to be continuing the development of this production with Telluride Theatre. It gives us the chance to premiere new musical material and work towards our vision of a fully realized multimedia production,” states Baba Israel, an artist, producer, and educator who helped create the show. He goes on to say, “Our production is both politically charged and an uplifting and celebratory event.”
CANNABIS THE CONCERT is a multimedia performance that tells the story of cannabis by creating an “up on your feet” musical concert with spoken word and theater, featuring the band Soul Inscribed. Through music and the spoken word, the show traces the impact of the plant on humanity. Martin A. Lee, author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific” has committed to collaborating on the project and serves as a consultant in the project's development. The show features "mash-ups" and arrangements of iconic music; La Cucaracha of the Mexican Revolution, Louis Armstrong and other Jazz “vipers”, the Beat era, 60’s Rock n’ Roll, and Reggae, right up to the Hip Hop of today.
Using immersive theater the audience will experience the repressive forces that have criminalized the communities who have sought its medical, artistic, and revelatory properties. The production will also celebrate the artists and activists who have resisted those forces.
We are at a tipping point in America’s history with cannabis. More than half of the states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing cannabis. Now is the time to challenge the taboos and perceptions of the plant by exploring its history, medical impact, the racist roots of prohibition and its continued legacy of mass incarceration of communities of color.
Video trailer: https://youtu.be/T4k7kyw59R4