World Premiere


January 8, 13-15 at 9pm | January 9, 13-15 at 5pm | January 11 & 12 at 7:30pm at Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa | 120 minutes with intermission


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. 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.

Join us January 13 after the 5pm performance for an artist conversation.

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.

In accordance with state guidelines all audience members, employees, vendors, and artists must be fully vaccinated to enter any PROTOTYPE affiliated facility. Additionally, everyone must be masked while indoors. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted until they are fully vaccinated. Theatres are operating at 100% capacity and at this time food and beverage will not be served on site, subject to change.

$30 with PROTO Pack
$65 with Premium PROTO Pack

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66 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

: 6 to Astor Place, F to 2nd Ave, or N/R to 8th Street/NYU
Bus: M8 or M15

La Mama Theatre is wheelchair accessible from a side entrance.

403 Lafayette Street

Lafayette Street


220 E. 9th Street
(212) 979-5708


Grace Galu

Baba Israel

Talvin Wilks

Nic Benacerraf