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. The team includes Baba Israel as writer, performer, and co-director, Grace Galu as composer/performer; and dramaturg/co-director, Talvin Wilks in collaboration with Soul Inscribed and an ensemble of dancers. Inspired by Martin A. Lee’s book Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific, this theatrical concert weaves the histories of icons such as Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley and grassroots activists such as Dennis Perron and Brownie Mary with personal narrative. Join us for a time-traveling tale of jubilation, injustice, and transformation.

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.

$30 with PROTO Pack
$65 with Premium PROTO Pack

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