Elvira, the druggist

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St. Elvira’s father was a pharmacist. She watched him mix and dispense medicine that cured people of awful sicknesses. She studied hard and pursued the same path, putting it on hold when her parents died so she could help her younger brother complete his studies.

When the Spanish civil war broke out, she hid clergy along with women who spoke out against the draconian restrictions on women.

The Secret Police executed her.

 

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Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 3.57.51 PMMeet Elvira Cantarero. She graduated top of her class at pharmacy school at her (adoptive) dad’s alma mater.

Constantly in trouble for writing papers about innovative, safe birth control compounds and ways of delivering medical marijuana, it was with a great deal of begrudging that her instructors gave her the top marks she earned. None would write a recommendation for her to join the staffs of any of the major hospitals where she grew up, so she cryptically wrote on her graduation notes that she would be “freelancing.”

She decides to not rise and fall by destiny, but one day causes her to realize she was born for such a time as this, and even open her scientific mind to the possibility that she was created for this moment at the time the world began.

Having lost most of the family who raised her, she has found her birth mother. She was just given a photograph of her birth father. She arrives at his funeral too late but discovers her brother playing metal on his guitar.

Together, they deliver cannabis to those who suffer, despite the law.

 

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Vincenzo has had the worst three days of his life. His dad was found dead. He had to make funeral arrangements, and then he had to say goodbye. He lost his touchstone; he’s in a cave of grief, and the only thing that makes it better is thrashing on his guitar, writing new music, and focusing on something — anything else.

Then his sister walks in and changes his world. Can they find peace through doing good where they see the need?

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Elias zips through on a scooter, delivering relief to those in pain. He started because of his girlfriend Carlota.

Elias’s girlfriend, Carlota, miraculously relieved of her migraines, has returned to school, studying social work. Her thesis is on how increasing women’s access to birth control and education raises the standard of living for a whole society. She creates a model for increasing health and well being of most poor families across North and South Carolina with the expansion of the ideas in existing programs and creating opportunities for people at risk to take charge of their situations instead of being consumers of programs. She is now in danger of expulsion. She has begun distributing marijuana to people she’s encountered who have cancer, glaucoma, chronic pain, and certain mental disorders.

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Elvira, Vinnie, Elias and Carlota are arrested and held without bail and trial. Our ensemble plays members of Reverend Billy’s Stop Shopping Choir as well as other characters throughout the show.

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