This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act of 1919, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States. The act was authored by Congressman Andrew Volstead of Granite Falls. “Over the Barrel,” a new musical set to debut this weekend in Granite Falls, brings new life to the story of Volstead and his historic legislation. 

Producer Ashley Hanson says the play addresses more than just the prohibition of alcohol. “We’re looking at how women being prohibited from voting was one of the driving forces [behind the prohibition movement]…And also looking at the impact that the prohibition of alcohol had in rural communities, around issues of addition and domestic violence and mental health,” said Hanson. 

Tickets for the debut performance this weekend are sold out, but the play will be performed several more times throughout the summer and early fall. Tickets can be purchased online and at the Bluenose Gopher Public House in Granite Falls.