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Stark Insider TV: Reefer Madness the Musical (On Set)

Join Loni of Stark Insider TV as she heads on set at San Jose Stage. Anything can, and does, happen. Who said Twizzlers (oops, I mean, “licorice rope”) can’t be used as a horrific stage prop?

Reefer Madness the Musical - Interview

Fight call during 1 hour before curtain at Reefer Madness the Musical. San Jose Stage’s production caps at stellar 30th anniversary season, and heaps on the camp.

Drop that joint! Did you know marijuana will cause you to axe murder your family?

So said the US government in the 1936 cautionary film Reefer Madness. Unintentionally funny it has become a cult classic, and now made into an even campier, hilarious musical (review).

Join Loni of Stark Insider TV as she heads on set at San Jose Stage. Anything can, and does, happen. Who said Twizzlers (oops, I mean, “licorice rope”) can’t be used as a horrific stage prop?

This marks the first time (and probably last) that we’ve had an actor tell us about being “sodomized by a goatman” during a performance. More interesting still was that he had to warn his parents. Their reaction after opening night: abject horror mixed with equal amounts of pride.

Watch: Reefer Madness the Musical (On Set)

We’ve been wanting to film a SI segment at San Jose Stage Company for years. So we were thrilled when it finally came to be.

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Executive director Cathleen Kind and artistic director Randall King have become theater legends in these parts. Kudos to them for running a gem of a regional theater. This year they are celebrating 30 years in the business. A drug-free benefit takes place at the Silicon Valley Athletic Club on June 21st.

So, what will it be: Mary Jane or Mary Lane?

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...