My name is Alyssa Marquez aka Miss Marquez and I am the Artistic Director and Co-producer of Marijuana Madness. Marijuana Madness is a Live Jazz and Burlesque show that tells the true Tale of Cannabis Prohibition and those Jazz Musicians who were targeted by it. With Recreational Cannabis being legalized here in California in 2018, I decided it was the perfect time to debut the show. Legalization not only made it easier to incorporate a Cannabis tasting experience, but also because I wanted to share the history of Cannabis Prohibition and I thought Burlesque would be the perfect platform.
I chose to partner with the high-end Cannabis event company GRASSFED for their unique and eloquent approach to Cannabis events and Tastings. Together with my Co-Producers, GRASSFED, we are able to provide an elevated live performance experience unlike any other. GRASSFED specializes in a healthy and conscious approach to Cannabis similar to a wine tasting. I’m proud to say that we incorporate some of the best Cannabis Brands in the industry, including Flower by Flow kana, Artisan Edible Chocolates by To Whom It May and Organic Cannabis powder by Mondo just to name a few.
After debuting Marijuana Madness in January at the beautiful Three Clubs in Hollywood, we finished out our 3-month residency with 3 sold out shows and are excited to announce that we will be taking the show to a larger venue at the oldest live music venue on the Westside, Harvelle’s Jazz Club.
Marijuana Madness is a mix of burlesque performances, live jazz, and vaudeville inspired narrative theater. The show is truly an interactive experience. By utilizing Jazz music from the era and combining it with Burlesque, we bring the anti-marijuana propaganda campaigns from the late thirties and forties to life. Marijuana Madness parodies the ludicrous claims that Cannabis is going to affect one’s moral inhibitions and instantly make one into a crazy dope fiend who indulges in wild orgies and debauchery.
I hope that when people experience Marijuana Madness they leave with a better understanding of the absurd reasons why Cannabis was made illegal in the first place, and see the parallels between then and where we are now.