Actor and author of the international very best-seller “Midnight Express” returns to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre with his riveting efficiency “Riding the Midnight Express” in which he recounts the correct 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 very best-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 obtaining the private determination inside to rise above desperation to transform our lives.

Nonetheless, this time, Billy will also speak about how the evolution of the CBD hemp business has opened up a new planet for him and, subsequently, that of veterans. Hemp, Inc. has announced the 1st ever “Fantastic 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 situated 90 minutes from Billy’s dwelling 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 makes it possible for them a five-acre parcel on which to plant hemp. Every joint venture group involves a master grower with the expertise and practical experience to develop cannabis. Other group members may well incorporate farmers or investors. The “Develop Off” is for 1 season, which involves planting, sustaining, harvesting, and processing. Hemp, Inc. will document the method in a docu-series on the modern day day history of hemp. It is anticipated that the 1st 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.

Overall performance of “Riding the Midnight Express” will take location 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 out there for seniors, students, military, groups, and DCT members). Performances will take location at 20 Windsor Street, downtown Rochester (totally free parking at the corner of East Primary and Scio Streets, handicap accessible). Every efficiency will be followed by a discussion with Billy Hayes. For extra info pay a visit to To make reservations contact (585) 325-4370.

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