Actor and author of the international finest-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 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 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 market has opened up a new planet for him and, subsequently, that of veterans. Hemp, Inc. has announced the 1st ever “Good American Hemp Develop-off” with their strategic expanding companion the Veterans Village Kins Neighborhood Arizona, Inc. in Golden Valley, Arizona. The Veterans ecovillage neighborhood is positioned 90 minutes from Billy’s property in Las Vegas, NV. It is situated on 500 acres, with 300 acres designated for expanding hemp. Hemp, Inc. creates joint ventures with growers and makes it possible for them a five-acre parcel on which to plant hemp. Each and every joint venture group contains a master grower with the understanding and expertise to develop cannabis. Other group members may possibly include things like farmers or investors. The “Develop Off” is for 1 season, which contains planting, keeping, harvesting, and processing. Hemp, Inc. will document the procedure in a docu-series on the contemporary day history of hemp. It is anticipated that the 1st planting will start in June 2019, as quickly as permitted by Arizona. The project will help vets. Billy Hayes’ five-acre parcel will be bannered “Midnight Express – Locate Your Freedom” and devoted to “For the lost mates of my youth, these names on the wall, who would cheer to see waving fields of hemp nurturing their brothers of currently.” 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 Common Admission Tickets are $25 (discounts are readily available for seniors, students, military, groups, and DCT members). Performances will take location at 20 Windsor Street, downtown Rochester (free of charge parking at the corner of East Most important and Scio Streets, handicap accessible). Each and every overall performance will be followed by a discussion with Billy Hayes. For much more info check out www.DownstairsCabaret.com. To make reservations contact (585) 325-4370.

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