Theater of Death, an annual show of horror and comedy produced by singer/songwriter Joe West and his troupe of performers, presents “The Marijuana Morality Plays” at the Engine House Theater in Madrid.
This year’s production, Theater of Death’s fifth show, features three tongue-in-cheek, one-act plays about marijuana from a neo-conservative point of view written by West, Timothy Willis and James Hayes. West functions as the show’s music creator and narrator and is an organist in the production’s three-musician ensemble along with Lori Ottino (melodica) and Tim Arnold (electric guitar). Actors in the show are from Madrid, Cerillos and Santa Fe.
“The 1940s and 50s neo-conservative characters in the plays embrace an anti-marijuana stance,” West explains. “It’s a silly enough show that everyone, regardless of how they feel about marijuana, can enjoy it. I like to say it’s an educational presentation of the moral bankruptcy of stoned Northern New Mexico hippies and artists and perhaps a really good reason to try to Make America Great Again.”
A concert artist who has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, West is a multitalented musician who’s written a full-length rock opera, produced music for film and television and created an original conceptual radio show called The Intergalactic Honky Tonk Machine. His latest CD, “Blood Red Velvet,” has been featured in the film Death and Taxes.