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 produced 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 getting the private 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 sector has opened up a new planet for him and, subsequently, that of veterans. Hemp, Inc. has announced the initially ever “Terrific 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 household 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 permits them a five-acre parcel on which to plant hemp. Every single joint venture group involves a master grower with the information and encounter to develop cannabis. Other group members might consist of farmers or investors. The “Develop Off” is for 1 season, which involves planting, preserving, 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 initially 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 – Obtain Your Freedom” and committed 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 now.” The irony is not lost on Billy.

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

Thursdays, Could 9 and 16 at 7pm Fridays, Could 10 and 17 at 8pm Saturdays, Could 11 and 18 at 8pm Sundays, Could 12 and 19 at 3pm Common Admission Tickets are $25 (discounts are offered for seniors, students, military, groups, and DCT members). Performances will take location at 20 Windsor Street, downtown Rochester (no cost parking at the corner of East Principal and Scio Streets, handicap accessible). Every single overall performance will be followed by a discussion with Billy Hayes. For extra data stop by www.DownstairsCabaret.com. To make reservations get in touch with (585) 325-4370.

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