A Free Public Reading
Book, Music and Lyrics by Scott Miller
One Night Only, January, 2023

A REEFER MADNESS
CHRISTMAS


A Public Reading
Free & Open to the Public


What happens when a family’s secrets are all revealed on one outrageous, pot-fueled Christmas Eve in 1959?


Poor Harry Goodson is about to find out, as he’s visited overnight by his dead brother, Jesus Christ, Sandra Dee, and Johnny Appleweed, and he finally learns what his family already knows, that the answer to all his problems is marijuana!

Not really a sequel to the unintentionally hilarious 1936 “scare film,” this new musical is more like a wacky companion piece, a tongue-in-cheek response, a comic look at what a little pot and a little truth can do to a normal, average, Midwestern, American family at mid-century, just as America plunges into the 1960s.

The New Line reading will be directed by Scott Miller, featuring Zachary Allen Farmer as Harry, Nellie Mitchell as Bess, Isabel Garcia as Tammy, Chris Moore as Uncle Hugh, along with Colin Dowd, Sarah Gene Dowling, Brittany Hester, and Chris Kernan as the carolers.

New Line will present a full production of A Reefer Madness Christmas in fall 2023. More details to come...

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The published script, and the piano-vocal selections for Miller's other stoner musical Johnny Appleweed, which New Line produced in 2006.

The original 1936 scare film Reefer Madness.

The original cast album and the cable TV movie of Reefer Madness the Musical, based on the 1936 film

The excellent book Reefer Madness: A History of Marijuana by Larry "Ratso" Sloman.