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Stop the Truck

written by Joe Jordan
directed by Jaime Robledo

Come for the coffee. Stay for the pie.

A sequel to Truckstop

Next Time: Episode 6
Began 1/20/18

Episode One (1/20/18)

Summary: The Red Tie Man asks us to question the nature of reality. At the truckstop, Marvin awakens - and has no idea how long he's been asleep. His dreams were full of falling fire, and his memory seems scrambled and piecemeal. Dougal has also had a bad dream, which he doesn't want to talk about, so instead he talks about his stamp collection - which is also a source of very bad memories. Marvin asks Red about Carly and LoAnne - and Red is taken aback. She upbraids him for even asking a question like that, given what happened. To calm Marvin, Red serves him some huckleberry pie, which she says he ordered - surprising her, as he's never ordered it before. The information is apparently a surprise to Marvin as well. But the pie vanishes before he can eat it, so he orders another. The pie, they learn, is being stolen by Junko, a sketchy woman who's been shacking up with Starla lately. Meanwhile, something's up with Ramiro, who has become angry and sullen. And there's a raggedy and possibly deranged and homeless woman sitting in the corner who begins asking audience members for a dollar - a request she bellows with scary fervor.

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Photos by Jax Ball

Episode Two (1/27/18)

Summary: The Red Tie Man's musings on reality are interrupted by the raggedy woman, who takes over the narration and questions the reality of everyone around - including the audience. She then sits in the audience to watch the story unfold. Marvin's ready to be on his way. Starla shows up looking for Junko - who is subsequently led into the truckstop by Deputy Pongo. Junko, who only speaks Japanese, is dressed in silver and thinks she's a truck. As she dashes off, Starla inquires as to Pongo's health, and he says the bullet in his head is still causing him pain... and giving him visions of things that haven't happened yet. Starla listens in horror as he describes a vision in which Starla is sitting, terrified, on the hood of a truck that's going faster and faster. But when he tries to identify the driver, he doubles over in pain. Starla desperately wants to know if the driver is Gunner, but Pongo can't answer. Suddnely, Marvin bursts back in, shouting that his truck is missing. "Well, that makes no damn sense at all!" exclaims the raggedy woman.

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Photos by Scott Golden

Episode Three (2/3/18)

Summary: New waitress Kris reports seeing Marvin's truck on the side of the road a few miles away... and it was on fire... but wasn't actually burning. Starla demands again for Pongo to tell her who the driver was - was it Gunner? Is he back? - but Deputy Pongo can't answer. Red warns Kris not to get mixed up with the people who come into the truckstop... especially not the truckers. And the raggedy woman appears and tells Kris that she is "the key" - then smirks to the audience that that sounds important, huh? Meanwhile, Dougal meets Junko, who currently believes herself to be a cat - a magical cat who can make things appear and disappear. And then Marvin storms in and punches Dougal in the face, asking him to explain himself...

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Photos by Scott Golden

Episode Four (2/10/18)

Summary: Red is staring at her hand intently, flexing it; something's odd, but she can't tell what. Kris tells Red that Marvin almost got into a fight with Dougal, but they and Junko suddenly just walked off into the distance. Red has to reassure Starla once more than Gunner isn't ever coming back, but Starla thinks otherwise - and she admits that although she's mostly frightened, she's also kind of excited. When Red is alone and closing up, the raggedy woman arrives and gives Red a message - "This is my world" - which she makes Red repeat several times. And then a vision of the long-gone, possibly dead Carly floats by and warns Red not to let them find her. The Diva appears and sings of a river of sorrows, and does a wistful dance with Carly, who then ascends into the sky. And Red suddenly seems to be seized by some sort of demonic power - starting with her hand - and declares, "This is MY world."

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Photos by Nathan Wellman

Episode Five (2/17/18)

Summary: FBI Detective Neely show up to investigate... something... though her lines of questioning don't seem to lead much of anywhere. She takes an interest in Deputy Pongo, as well as in the damn fine cup of coffee she's served. Pongo explains about the bullet in his head and his visions, and says that the doctors originally told him it would be dangerous to remove the bullet... but are now telling him that if he doesn't get it taken out soon, he could be in excruciating, constant pain for the rest of his life. When Detective Neely has a chance to ask questions that could get her some answers, she simply leaves, saying she'll be back to ask those questions later. Starla and Junko arrive; Starla is frustrated with Junko, who is now pretending to be (or actually thinks she is?) Dougal. She's wearing Dougal's clothes... and, mysteriously, has the keys to his truck. Red enters, apparently possessed, her hand twitching. She barks orders at everyone that they are powerless to obey and demands that Pongo stop holding out. When he protests he doesn't know the answer to her questions, she smashes his head into the table... and we see a vision, in flashback, of Carly coming to Pongo for help. This is before the bullet wound. Carly is terrified because Gunner is coming and he means to do people harm, and though she begs for Pongo's help, she ultimately realizes he can't help her. But Pongo doesn't realize that. Gunner enters with Starla - his hand twitching like Red's - and when Pongo draws his gun on him, Gunner takes control of Pongo and forces him to point the gun at the back of his own head. There is a blackout, then a gunshot...

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Photos by Aaron Francis

Cast

David LM McIntyre Red Tie Man (Eps. 1-2 & 4)
Jaime Robledo Ramiro (Eps. 1-5)
Cj Merriman Red (Eps. 1-5)
Eric Curtis Johnson Marvin (Eps. 1-3)
Scott Leggett Dougal (Eps. 1 & 3)
Kazumi Zatkin Junko (Eps. 1-3 & 5)
Stasha Surdyke Woman (Eps. 1-4)
Paul Plunkett Pongo (Eps. 2-3 & 5)
Jaime Andrews Starla (Eps. 2-5)
Alejandra Cejudo Kris (Eps. 3-5)
Libby Baker Carly (Ep. 5)
Pat Towne The Diva (Ep. 4)
Michael Shaw Fisher Gunner (Ep. 5)
Tifanie McQueen Det. Neely (Ep. 5)
Choreography by Cj Merriman (Ep. 4)