Cannabis A Theatrical Concert

Cannabis A Theatrical Concert

Cannabis a Theatrical Concert with creator and host of the said concert, Baba Israel. This project is based on Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific by Martin A. Lee (2012). The book’s author has committed to collaborating on the project and will serve as a consultant in the project’s development. The show will feature “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. In contrast, using projection and 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.

Cannabis A Theatrical Concert

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. Baba Israel was raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He developed as a young artist exploring spoken word, Hip Hop, and experimental performance at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets cafe working with artists such as Akim the Funk Buddha. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Playback NYC Theatre Company who bring theatre to hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, as well as theatres and festivals. The company recently developed projects to support immigrant communities in Long Island in a series of performances and workshops funded by the Hagedorn Foundation.