Actor and author of the international finest-seller “Midnight Express” returns to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre with his riveting functionality “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 finest-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 discovering the individual determination inside to rise above desperation to transform our lives.

Nevertheless, this time, Billy will also speak about how the evolution of the CBD hemp sector has opened up a new globe for him and, subsequently, that of veterans. Hemp, Inc. has announced the initial ever “Good American Hemp Develop-off” with their strategic developing companion the Veterans Village Kins Neighborhood Arizona, Inc. in Golden Valley, Arizona. The Veterans ecovillage neighborhood is positioned 90 minutes from Billy’s house in Las Vegas, NV. It is situated on 500 acres, with 300 acres designated for developing hemp. Hemp, Inc. creates joint ventures with growers and enables them a five-acre parcel on which to plant hemp. Each and every joint venture group consists of a master grower with the understanding and encounter to develop cannabis. Other group members may possibly involve farmers or investors. The “Develop Off” is for one particular season, which consists of planting, preserving, harvesting, and processing. Hemp, Inc. will document the procedure in a docu-series on the modern day day history of hemp. It is anticipated that the initial 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 close friends of my youth, these names on the wall, who would cheer to see waving fields of hemp nurturing their brothers of nowadays.” 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, Might 9 and 16 at 7pm Fridays, Might 10 and 17 at 8pm Saturdays, Might 11 and 18 at 8pm Sundays, Might 12 and 19 at 3pm Basic Admission Tickets are $25 (discounts are obtainable for seniors, students, military, groups, and DCT members). Performances will take spot at 20 Windsor Street, downtown Rochester (no cost parking at the corner of East Key and Scio Streets, handicap accessible). Each and every functionality will be followed by a discussion with Billy Hayes. For much more data go to www.DownstairsCabaret.com. To make reservations contact (585) 325-4370.

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