featured_reefer_fpacDon’t resist the spoofy fun that is “Reefer Madness” at Moraine Valley Community College. The Academic Theater production will be Nov. 6 to 15, in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m., and are followed by a talk-back session. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors and students.

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The book is written by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney with music by Studney and lyrics by Murphy.

“Reefer Madness” is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and simulated drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness; therefore, it may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

This production is being directed by Dr. Craig Rosen, professor of Theater and department chair of the Academic Theater Department at Moraine Valley. The cast list includes:

  • Joshua Unruh, of Oak Lawn (Jimmy)
  • Onute Jureviciute, of Palos Heights (Mary)
  • Brian Whitlock, of Chicago (Ralph)
  • Ken Garner, of Worth (Jack)
  • Samm Hilger, of Burbank (Mae)
  • Rose Stovicek, of Berwyn (Sally)
  • Chenzi Wang, of Bridgeview (Placard Girl)
  • Jim LaPietra, of Berwyn (Lecturer)
  • Eric Wilder Lindsey, of Chicago (Jesus)
  • Lisa Biel, of Bridgeview (Ensemble)
  • Angelo Greene, of Blue Island (Ensemble)
  • Zinnia Lampkins, of Blue Island (Ensemble)
  • Tori Leeper, of Bridgeview (Ensemble)
  • Liam McCool, of Crestwood (Ensemble)
  • Philip Montanez, of Midlothian (Ensemble)
  • Josh Scott, of Calhoun, Georgia (Ensemble)
  • Kaitlyn Shepard, of Crestwood (Ensemble)

Tickets to “Reefer Madness” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For news media inquiries, call Jessica Crotty, College and Community Relations coordinator, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at crotty@morainevalley.edu.