Actor and author of the international greatest-seller “Midnight Express” returns to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre with his riveting overall performance “Riding the Midnight Express” in which he recounts the accurate story of his time in Turkish prisons and his brazen, harrowing escape. In 1970, Hayes was arrested at the Istanbul Airport with 4 pounds of hashish strapped to his physique in an try to smuggle the drug back to the U.S. He was caught and created an instance in Nixon’s war on drugs the outcome: a life sentence in prison.

5 years later, Billy escaped from Imrali Island prison in the dead of evening, rowing 17 miles in a raging storm to freedom. Upon his return, he wrote “Midnight Express”, which became an immediate greatest-seller published in 18 languages, and on which Oliver Stone’s iconic Academy Award-winning film was primarily based. This is edge-of- your-seat dramatic storytelling at its finest with an inspirational lesson we can all advantage from about taking duty for our actions (and their consequences), and acquiring the individual determination inside to rise above desperation to transform our lives.

Having said that, this time, Billy will also speak about how the evolution of the CBD hemp market has opened up a new planet for him and, subsequently, that of veterans. Hemp, Inc. has announced the very first ever “Excellent American Hemp Develop-off” with their strategic increasing companion the Veterans Village Kins Neighborhood Arizona, Inc. in Golden Valley, Arizona. The Veterans ecovillage neighborhood is positioned 90 minutes from Billy’s residence in Las Vegas, NV. It is situated on 500 acres, with 300 acres designated for increasing hemp. Hemp, Inc. creates joint ventures with growers and permits them a five-acre parcel on which to plant hemp. Every single joint venture group contains a master grower with the know-how and expertise to develop cannabis. Other group members may possibly include things like farmers or investors. The “Develop Off” is for 1 season, which contains planting, keeping, harvesting, and processing. Hemp, Inc. will document the course of action in a docu-series on the modern day day history of hemp. It is anticipated that the very first planting will commence in June 2019, as quickly as permitted by Arizona. The project will help vets. Billy Hayes’ five-acre parcel will be bannered “Midnight Express – Discover Your Freedom” and devoted to “For the lost buddies of my youth, these names on the wall, who would cheer to see waving fields of hemp nurturing their brothers of currently.” The irony is not lost on Billy.

Efficiency of “Riding the Midnight Express” will take spot at 20 Windsor Street (close to Eastman Theatre):

Thursdays, May perhaps 9 and 16 at 7pm Fridays, May perhaps 10 and 17 at 8pm Saturdays, May perhaps 11 and 18 at 8pm Sundays, May perhaps 12 and 19 at 3pm Common Admission Tickets are $25 (discounts are readily available for seniors, students, military, groups, and DCT members). Performances will take spot at 20 Windsor Street, downtown Rochester (free of charge parking at the corner of East Primary and Scio Streets, handicap accessible). Every single overall performance will be followed by a discussion with Billy Hayes. For far more details pay a visit to www.DownstairsCabaret.com. To make reservations get in touch with (585) 325-4370.


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