Dusty Junction is in big trouble! The roaming outlaw Ugly Monroe is terrorizing the citizens. First he shoots stable owner Joe and steals his boots; next he shoots the sheriff and steals his badge; and then he shoots the doc and steals his stethoscope. As the loyal community struggles to hold itself together, timid Deputy Shawn needs to step up and prove he is not Deputy Nancy-boy! He is bolstered by Marlene, the kindly saloon owner; Mindy Sue, his fiery sweetheart; and even Bobby Joe, the cute little boy…er, girl…well, child. The final straw breaks when Ugly not only kidnaps Mindy Sue but knocks off the Padre and steals the collection plate, too. Deputy Shawn must find it in himself to face the bad guy. Guns alone may not suffice. Some kung fu fighting – and some good backup from Dusty Junctions denizens – are gonna be needed. Some songs include “The Worst Kind of Lonesome,” “Take Him Down,” “Way Too Real,” and “I Wish I Had a Partner.” Small orchestra. Instrumentation includes reed 1 (flute/alto sax), reed 2 (clarinet/bass clarinet), trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. Full evening.
PLAYWRIGHT AND COMPOSER JIM TERRITO TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSICAL
JUSTICE IN DUSTY JUNCTION
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS MUSICAL?
A: This musical was inspired by evenings of watching cowboy movies with my dad. It is a send up to the mythology of the “Old West.”
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE MUSICAL? WHY?
A: My favorite part is when the innocent little kid character finds them-self under the knife of the outlaw and sings a torchy blues number going through denial, bargaining, depression, rage and acceptance as Bobby Joe faces the eternal.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are based on archetypes from "Old West" mythology...the outlaw, the sheriff, the little kid, the strong women.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS MUSICAL?
A: The musical is all about the power of working together over flying solo. It’s also a twisted modern take on the Western genre.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: This show is a fun night out with relatable characters, fun music, good laughs and some heart.