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Storyworks: Journey to Emeraldville

Please join us on Tuesday, May 30, for a staged reading of our newest StoryWorks play, written by Eugenie Chan.

Based on the investigative reporting of CIR’s Shoshana Walter, “Journey to Emeraldville” takes us deep into Humboldt County’s secretive marijuana industry, where whispers of sexual abuse and trafficking haunt a culture established by free-spirited back-to-the-landers.

Follow the “trimmigrant” labor force, young women who trim marijuana into buds, as they pursue their dreams – Terri, an environmentalist and musician; Carmen, undocumented and hoping to make enough to pay for her mother’s medical bills; Monique, a Eureka teen, and other women who find themselves caught in the $2.7 billion industry’s web of big business, greed and exploitation. As California legalizes pot, what will become of the women who toil in these fields of green?

This special reading will be followed by a Q&A session with the writer, director and reporter, as well as a short reception.