World Premiere


The directors of PROTOTYPE Festival have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s tenth anniversary season to January of 2023.

A theatrical concert exploring the history of cannabis using music, dance, and spoken word grounded in the Hip Hop tradition of the remix and mashup. The team includes Grace Galu as composer/performer, Baba Israel as writer, performer, co-director, Talvin Wilks as dramaturg/co-director, and Nic Benacerraf as environment designer/associate director, in collaboration with hip hop and spoken word collective, Soul Inscribed, and an ensemble of dancers that includes members of the revolutionary Urban Bush Women, Tatiana Barber, and mesmerizing street dancer and krumper, Rocka Jamez. Inspired by Martin A. Lee’s book Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana, CANNABIS! A VIPER VAUDEVILLE weaves the music of icons such as Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley with the stories of grassroots activists Dennis Perron and Brownie Mary with personal narratives. From Congo Square to the speakeasies of the jazz age, from the revolutionary happenings of the ’60s to the AIDS activism of the San Francisco buyers club, our time traveling tale invokes a tradition of rebel spaces — sites of music, healing, and resistance.

Commissioned, developed and produced by HERE

Additional support for Cannabis! A Viper Vaudeville is provided by the MAP Fund; the New England Foundation for the Arts; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Ticket buyers will receive communication from the festival and its various box offices about ticketing options this week.

Grace Galu

Baba Israel

Talvin Wilks

Nic Benacerraf