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Reefer Madness: Origins ()

Produced by

D&M Creative

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Mehdi Sidali
Director: Andrea Pestana


Tarragon Theatre – Mainspace


July 3rd, 2019 – July 13th, 2019


During the Depression, a time when hope and prosperity is far from the American mind, a common enemy is created: the Mexican weed with roots in hell, marijuana. Known as hemp and cannabis and used industrially and medically across the globe, “marijuana” is promoted as the cause of moral depravity among young people and societal decay. With the support of powerful allies with various interests, economic or otherwise, the Federal Commissioner of Narcotics Harry Anslinger will stop at nothing to warp the image of cannabis into what will shape international drug scheduling for generations to come. (


Ezera Beyene Sgt. Gary O'Neill
Dana Carrabon Thomas Devlin
Holdin Collie Harry J. Anslinger
Gregory Hertel Father Robert Woodrow
Barry Kelleghan Agent Vern Schultz
Liam Kinahan John Smits
Nicole Moller Jane Smits
Juan Otero Agent Nicholas Smith
David D’Lancy Wilson James "King" Holloway

Creative Team

Mehdi Sidali Playwright
Andrea Pestana Director
Sarah Buehner Lighting Designer
David Docherty Projection Designer
Michael Merrithew Sound Designer
Ronald Remigio Set Designer
Alessia Urbani Costume Designer
Ben Fitzpatrick Co-Composer


Patrick Lynn Stage Manager
Sophia Fabiano Production Manager
Sophia Fabiano Technical Director
Diego Varela Head of Audio
Dana Carrabon Producer
Vitan Pravtchev Producer
Asli Özüak Rehearsal Stage Manager
Ronald Remigio Set Builder
Tori Barrett Social Media Manager