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Dell’Arte to present Mary Jane: The Musical

Marijuana is the Devil’s harvest. So screams Dell’Arte’s promo for its annual Mad River Festival production, Mary Jane: The Musical.  The show will run June 23rd –  July 3rd.

Dell’Arte revels in ferocious play. And we can think of no other ferociously playful issue that is more .topical, relevant and important for our community than Mary Jane. This is not a political piece. This is not a piece that takes one side or the other. Mary Jane is simply a work reflecting all aspects — good, bad, funny and sad — of our marijuana culture.

If you’re inspired and feeling kind, Dell’Arte asks you to join their 215 club to support its Blue Lake school of theater.

  1. Ed
    April 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I’m wondering if it can pass the ultimate test of classic humor. Will it cause the Mayor of Eureka to crack a smile?

  2. Bob
    April 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    They sent me an invite to join the club on 4-20. The timing was perfect – I couldn’t resist.

  3. High Finance
    April 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

    “This is not a piece that takes one side or the other”

    Yeah right.

  4. Ed
    April 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Gotta get up pretty early to pull one over on Hi Fi.

  5. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

    “reefer madness” fair and balanced right Hi Fi? Too bad the market has spoken.

  6. Not A Native
    April 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Whether or not you appreciate their style, Dell’Arte is Humboldt’s only legitimate claim to being world class in anything.

  7. ChumBolly
    April 26, 2011 at 10:21 am

    That’s awesome artwork.

  8. Curley
    April 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Mazzone-Clementi several times in the 1970’s when Dell’ Arte was still young. What a wonderful brilliant guy. He worked closely for a long time Marcel Marceau the great mime. I’d love to see an article on the history of Dell’Arte because it’s an underappreciated gem in our little slice of heaven.

  9. longwind
    April 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I met too Carlo decades ago, when he was cooperating with a treehugging campaign and it came out that he was the first road-closer on the North Coast.

    When he first fled up here from Cal 40 years ago, Carlo got a 40 that straddled a rim road leading to BLM land they were forever trying to log, while locals desperately stalled it. When a yarding crew actually came down the road through his property, Carlo ran into the middle of the road and faked a heart attack. A very long heart attack, until the crew retreated.

    It was funny hearing this story from him, because he kind of acknowledged in the telling that being half-incomprehensible was half of his power–you had to invent his meaning for yourself, I guess, which amped its power up, maybe.

    He was one world-class wacko–a natural resource, NAN, in which we may still abound, along with our world-class medicinals.

  10. Eric Kirk
    April 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    We are definitely in a local news doldrums cycle, aren’t we?

  11. Ponder z
    April 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Sooo, this is a documentary? I see the truth and fact right in the advertisement.

  12. Ponder z
    April 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Rather than an issue of morality or politics, marijuana’s prohibition should continue for a lot of health reasons. The amount of carcinogenic tar in marijuana is 10 times the amount found in an unfiltered cigarette. Taking a puff on a bong is comparable to 10 puffs of a Camel. To enhance the high, many marijuana smokers keep the drug in their lungs for 15 seconds or longer before exhaling. Imagine doing the same with a Marlboro you’ve removed the filter from.

    Marijuana contains a lot more toxins than tobacco, some of which account for the burning sensation grass smokers experience in the lungs and throat.

    Filtering dope through water in a bong diminishes the burning at a cost: Water also decreases the amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient that causes the high, so the smoker has to ingest more marijuana and its cancer-causing tar to achieve the euphoric and other, reinforcing and enhancing properties. More smoke = more carcinogens.

    Despite its potential for causing lung cancer and more debatable claims, Dr. Julie Holland, a respected attending physician at Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric emergency room in New York, and editor of The Pot Book, says, “Cannabis [the flowering marijuana plant] is non-toxic.”

    Read more at Suite101: Reefer Sanity: What the Marijuana Lobby Doesn’t Want You to Know | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/reefer-sanity-what-the-marijuana-lobby-doesnt-want-you-to-know-a364182#ixzz1Kg0H7NJa

  13. tra
    April 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    …Despite its potential for causing lung cancer…

    Well the moon is “potentially” made of Green Cheese. However, there is no evidence pointing to that being true, and plenty of evidence to the contrary.

    Same for cannabis “ptentially” causing lung cancer:

    The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.

    The new findings “were against our expectations,” said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.

    “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” he said. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”


  14. tra
    April 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    But, but, but….How could that be, given the known presence of carcinogens in cannabis smoke?

    Well it turns out that cannabis smoke may also contain substances that act against the development of cancers:

    Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows

    ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.


    The really interesting question is whether THC and the other active ingredients of cannabis may be able to provide actual protection against cancer when consumed in some way other than smoking. In other words, if the carcinogens from the smoke are not a factor, can the anti-cancer effects tip the balance the other way?

  15. Decline To State
    April 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Eric’s right…not very “provocative” here of late. Perhaps that’s a good thing. The old Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” comes to mind. Listening to Buffy, watching a Dell’Arte production…much better.

  16. April 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Try your hand at a provocative post and email it to humboldtherald at gmail.

  17. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I think people are afraid of being outed.

  18. Mr. Nice
    April 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Anybody seen what strains they got at the Dell’Arte 215 Club?

  19. Nansmear
    April 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    NAN, if you really think that “Whether or not you appreciate their style, Dell’Arte is Humboldt’s only legitimate claim to being world class in anything.”

    You should get your tired ass outside more often. You are a city-bound snob. You don’t deserve to be here.

    Carlos did. He was cosmopolitan and appreciated Humboldt County. Appreciated in two meanings: liking it and enhancing it.

    Unlike you, Not a Native

  20. Curley
    April 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

    How’s that for provocative?

  21. Pat Bitton
    April 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Pity about the big fat typo in the poster :-(

  22. April 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Blame it on the devil weed.

  23. Random Guy
    April 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    shit, that’s totally off topic…nevermind…BLEH.

  24. Groan
    April 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Which English-challenged person made the poster? Does anybody these days know the difference between its and it’s?

  25. Random Guy
    April 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    wtf, I posted here… Ha…wtfffffffffffffff…….ggggggasidfhjcoffee

    Not A Native’s comment above is a double props whether he likes it or not…most of those del arte drama geeks know how to party proper, and they consume a hefty share of Humboldt’s world class finest!

  26. April 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

    @ Mr. Nice

    while we don’t have strains for our 215 Club,
    just Premier, Clone and Roach levels.

    We do have strain levels available for our sponsors:

    OG KUSH Level is already sold out

    but we still have the cheaper ones available:






    For all the details go to


    or for the DA 215 Club


  27. tra
    April 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

    The “its” vs. “it’s” problem is pretty widespread, and when you think about it, it’s understandable that people get the two mixed up.

    “It is” = “it’s” is easy enough, when you consider that this is the usual way of making such a contraction, such as “he is going to the store” = “he’s going to the store.”

    The problem is that usually the possessive of a word like “it” would also be “it’s,” but in this case that would fail to make a distinction between the contraction of “it is” and the possessive form of “it.”

    So the normal rules are suspended when adding an “s” to “it” in order to indicate possession or ownership, as in “with its arms around.”

  28. Groan
    April 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Yes I know, tra. English teachers need to spend some time teaching one simple rule: It’s stands for it is and nothing else. I know it doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things. But while I’m griping, almost no one these days knows the difference between lose and loose and breath and breathe and affect and effect. And others too numerous to list.

  29. jones707
    April 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

    What must be said about the ‘devil’s harvest’ image is that it is a vintage poster, not a contemporary graphic! Yes, it’s an ignorant use of ‘it’s,’AND because it reflects an ignorance of good English grammar, might it not imply that there is some other ignorance reflected in the statements on the poster? Isn’t it possible that the graphic geeks at Dell’Arte knew there was a grammar mistake and put the image out on purpose??

  30. Groan
    April 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Nice try, jones707.

  31. High Finance
    May 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Good grammer and stoners have nothing in common.

  32. Smart 5th Grader
    May 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Have you read Robyn Arkley’s horrible grammar and awful sentence structure in those LOCO emails? What a moron!

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