Mary Jane: The Musical
Performed by Dell'Arte Company
Mary Jane: The Musical is a unique musical event, part concert, part show. With songs commissioned from over a dozen songwriters,
Mary Jane: The Musical explores the light and dark sides of California's marijuana 'green rush,' reflecting the broad spectrum of
our community's attitudes, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams about the herb. Out of this milieu Dell'Arte has envisioned a true
Sung in concert style by a cast of fourteen singers, actors and musicians, the story spotlights Mary Jane, the title character and
first-generation grower played by Dell'Arte's Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle, who reflects on her relationship with the
development of 'the industry' throughout the piece, and her final words address the imminent possibility of federal legalization.
"MJM" promises to reflect the good, the bad, the funny and the sad, in new original songs born of our local marijuana culture.
Whether you think Mary Jane's an industrial pollutant or a magical mystery, there'll be a song for you!
A musical in two acts, with one intermission, directed by Michael Fields.
In 2011, the Dell'Arte Company staged the world premiere of Mary Jane: the Musical at its annual Mad River Festival in Blue Lake,
California. Partnering with twelve local songwriters, the show featured Humboldt County-centric characters facing various issues
in the marijuana milieu. Mary Jane quickly gained notoriety, sold out all its performances, and became the highest-grossing show
in Dell'Arte's 35-year production history. "MJ" won the hearts of local followers who demanded Dell'Arte bring it back for a second
year, which they did in Mary Jane the Musical II: The Diva Returns. Mary Jane sought to examine all aspects of the local pot
culture, from its regional economic importance to the grim particulars of violence and environmental degradation.
The Dell'Arte Company has been at the forefront of the ensemble theatre movement for more than 38 years. Employing and
revitalizing traditional physical theatre forms to explore contemporary concerns, Dell'Arte has created more than 45 award-winning
original works and has toured regionally and internationally, performing from rural communities like Forks of Salmon to
international festivals in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary and France. Always
exploring the work of the actor-creator, Dell'Arte has devised highly experimental touring pieces such as "Paradise Lost," adapted
and directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, as well as imaginative original family theatre such as "The Fish In My Head," (played at
Arena Theater) and large-scale 'theatre of place' spectacles at its annual summer Mad River Festival.
Dell'Arte International consists of a professional, international touring ensemble, the Dell'Arte Company; a professional
training program, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, offering a one-year certificate program and the only
accredited MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre in the world; and the annual summer Mad River Festival.
More about Dell'Arte at https://www.dellarte.com/
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Start time: 7:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 pm
$20 General Admission br/>
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