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

Even so, 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 very first ever “Excellent 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 dwelling 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. Every single joint venture group incorporates a master grower with the know-how and encounter to develop cannabis. Other group members may possibly consist of farmers or investors. The “Develop Off” is for 1 season, which incorporates planting, sustaining, harvesting, and processing. Hemp, Inc. will document the approach in a docu-series on the contemporary 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 right now.” The irony is not lost on Billy.

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

Thursdays, May well 9 and 16 at 7pm Fridays, May well 10 and 17 at 8pm Saturdays, May well 11 and 18 at 8pm Sundays, May well 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 (cost-free parking at the corner of East Principal and Scio Streets, handicap accessible). Every single functionality will be followed by a discussion with Billy Hayes. For extra details pay a visit to www.DownstairsCabaret.com. To make reservations contact (585) 325-4370.

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