The season closes June 3-26, 2004 with the Fourth Greatest Story Ever Told, REEFER MADNESS the rock musical, with music by Dan Studney, lyrics by Kevin Murphy, and book by Murphy and Studney -- one of the strangest, funniest, most outrageous, most astute social satires of this century. Based on the hilariously awful 1936 scare film of the same name about the dangers of marijuana. The show dramatizes the tragic results of smoking the Killer Weed -- even one puff -- instant insanity, sexual obsession, murder, and so much more. With a cast of characters that includes sweet young kids, caring parents, reefer sluts, evil pimp/pushers, and Jesus Christ himself, this is a musical that's guaranteed to offend somebody. Do we have to say it's not for kids? Or is it...?

Only two companies in the country have been given rights to this ridiculous musical this season, and New Line is one of them! Watch for the upcoming cable movie version in 2005, starring Alan Cumming, Steven Weber, Neve Campbell, and Ana Gasteyer...!  Tickets are on sale now! 

Want to explore more? We recommend:  

The original Los Angeles cast album of Reefer Madness the Musical

The official Reefer Madness the Musical website 

The DVD or video of the original 1936 film Reefer Madness 

Director Scott Miller's background notes on Reefer Madness and the history of marijuana in America, including material from his book Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of HAIR

Webpage about the original Reefer Madness film

The DVD or video of the movie Grass, about the history of marijuana in America

High Times magazine,, and Marijuana

A local St. Louis discussion list about marijuana laws and activism, sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Links to the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy, High Times magazine, Ya'Hooka, Your Guide to Marijuana on the Web, and Politics, Lies, and History from the Reefer Madness site

The book Cocaine Fiends and Reefer Madness: An Illustrated History of Drugs in the Movies 

A great site with fun marijuana graphics, and another marijuana site

The Jesus of the Week website

The cast of New Line's Reefer Madness includes Percy Rodriguez (Jimmy), Amanda Butcher (Mary), Tom Conway (Lecturer), Jeff Pruett (Jack), Susan Arnold Marks (Mae), Lainie Wade (Sally), Nicholas Kelly (Ralph), Gypsy Brown, Colin DeVaughan, Wayne Easter, Kirstin Kennedy, and Leah Schumacher

REEFER MADNESS runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 3-26, 2004, at 8:00 p.m. each night at the Art Loft Theatre, 1529 Washington. June 3 is a preview. Tickets will go on sale in September 2003. To charge tickets by phone, call Metrotix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Metrotix website. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis


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