Original weed musical coming to Portland

February 12th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »


LIGHTING UP THE JOINT Members of the cast of Somewhere, Maine.

Inspired by years of working for and within Maine’s marijuana community,  Sumner farmer Jonathan Leavitt has written what he describes as a “bluegrass opera” about the “rascals and resisters, visionaries, healers, thieves, prophets, greedy businessmen, heretics, hillbillies, and hill cats” who comprise that community. 

Leavitt, who served as director of the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative (which worked to reform the state’s medical marijuana laws) from 2006-2010 and then as director of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine until 2012, had six years of anecdotes and experiences to draw from.

“When I thought about trying to document this world, I wanted to do it in a way that would give people a look at the world outside of the usual drug-related headlines, so they could experience the beauty and the darkness and the heartache and redemption that this world holds,” Leavitt tells the Phoenix. “It seemed best to do it in a way that included both song…and dance.”

The result, two years in the making, is Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical, a dramatic look at one year on a marijuana farm in the Western hills of Maine. Telling the story of an “outlaw country singer” and pot farmer named Johnny Crashed, the show features a colorful cast of supporting characters including “home-schooled Christian sisters Jezebel and Rebeka,” a war veteran struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, and “Redneck, who is based on a real-life local drug

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