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35 Star Starred
National Comedy Theatre
733 N. Seward St. Hollywood, CA 90038
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Whether you are for or against marijuana, Pot! The Musical uses music and laughter to bring to light the circus created by society’s ignorance and discrimination against one of nature’s most miraculous plants. Pot! The Musical opened at the Electric Lodge in Venice in May. It moves to the National Comedy Theatre as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Pot! The Musical begins with an assemblage of the Founding Fathers (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock) before we turn our attention over to people of the present day. Sweetie, our heroine, has some brownies to take to her church gathering. Razz, her boyfriend, and his pal Sid have a plate of their own (ahem!) agriculturally enhanced brownies that they plan to take to the Pot Fest in the park. Somehow, some way, the plates get switched. Oh dear.

The Reverend and his church flock march to the park to protest the presence of the potheads (those purveyors of Evil and Sin) at the Pot Fest. But some people eat certain brownies not intended for them. Will this be the road to Hell….or something else?

About Diane Shinozaki, Producer/Writer/Co-Lyricist

Diane Shinozaki  caught the acting bug while attending nursing school when she took up the role as “the flower” in The Little Prince. She continued to perform in college plays, several Theater Rhubarb productions and traveled with the CA Travel Troupe to the 2002 Edinburgh Festival. Her voice-over for the lead character in A Sliver of Hope was shown at the 2005 New York International Independent Film Festival. Pot! The Musical is Shinozaki’s producing/writing and stage acting debut in Los Angeles.

Keith Wright, Director/Choreographer

Wright was last seen onstage in the Theatre 7/Mercury Productions production of The Full Monty as Noah “Horse” Simmons. Before that, he appeared as Jackson in Judy at the Stonewall Inn at Celebration Theatre. His favorite directing jobs were Our Gay Apparel at Celebration and Venus at the Fritz; both in San Diego.

Steven Huber, Composer/Music Director/Co-Lyricist

Steven Huber is a Juilliard graduate and former violin student of the world-famous teachers Dorothy DeLay and Sally Thomas. He enjoyed a successful career as a symphony violinist in such orchestras as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo (OSESP) in Brazil, and, as the concertmaster, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Lima in Peru. After writing his first orchestra piece Genesis Overture at age 17 which was performed by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, he received the Boosey and Hawkes Young Composer Award honoring Aaron Copland by the ASCAP Foundation. In 2008 his piece O Sai Perer was performed twice by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Steve has performed and recorded as an improvising violinist and keyboardist in such styles as Afro-Peruvian music, salsa, rock, blues, new age, jazz and bluegrass. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles to develop a career as a film composer and session musician.

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