Truck Stop Chili

Play #: 8362
Pages: 68 pgs
Cast: 7 m, 5 w, and 7 flexible
Deep in the heart of West Virginia, there’s a little hillbilly town called Gizzard, and in that town you’ll find Leroy’s Clip n’ Dip… the world’s first beauty parlor/auto garage. Now, folks in Gizzard aren’t exactly beating the Clip n’ Dip’s door down, so to pass the time, Otis Hooper and his mechanic buddies Crisco, Clyde and Floyd, have started a band called Truck Stop Chili. Clementine (Otis’s sweetheart.) and her beauty parlor pals, Mazola, Darlene and Helga the masseuse, all grit their teeth, cover their ears and tolerate the racket, until the day Hollywood director Milo Van Zandt blows into town. Milo wants to use Gizzard as the location for his next masterpiece,"Robot Rain 2," and he thinks Otis would be perfect for a lead role! What happens when a hillbilly mechanic and cowbell player like Otis “fergits who he is” and tries to become a Hollywood movie star? And why does everything taste like chicken? The answers come only after the audience gets taken for a wild n’ crazy ride through the hills of Gizzard, West Virginia.
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NER4 THEATER DEPARTMENT 1 Performance(s)
CAIRO, MO 11/16/2018
DAVID CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
JONESBOROUGH, TN 3/17/2017
PILOT ROCK HIGH SCHOOL THEATER 3 Performance(s)
PILOT ROCK , OR 3/15/2017
LEOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LEOLA, SD 11/19/2015
EDISON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
YODER, CO 5/1/2015
LEWIS CASS JR. SR. HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WALTON, IN 11/21/2014
BUCKEYE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
NEW WASHINGTON, OH 11/15/2014
SANTEE SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
SANTEE, CA 5/15/2014
ISABELLA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MAPLESVILLE, AL 5/2/2014
ISABELLA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MAPLESVILLE, AL 5/1/2014
GREENE COUNTY MS 1 Performance(s)
JEFFERSON, IA 3/14/2014
KDS DAR SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GRANT, AL 12/6/2013
PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PIGEON FORGE, TN 11/20/2013
FARWELL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FARWELL, MI 4/26/2013
AUGUSTA HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
AUGUSTA, WI 4/25/2013
GUTHRIE CENTER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GUTHRIE CENTER, IA 4/19/2013
EHS DRAMA DEPT. 2 Performance(s)
EDGERTON, MN 4/4/2013
LHS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
LAFAYETTE, GA 5/18/2012
GALLATIN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GALLATIN, TN 4/25/2012
EDWARD R MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EAST PROVIDENCE, RI 4/12/2012
GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DALLAS, TX 12/15/2011
SPERRY SR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SPERRY, OK 12/15/2011
SPERRY SR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SPERRY, OK 12/1/2011
PRAIRIE GROVE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRAIRIE GROVE , AR 11/17/2011
ELCHO SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
ELCHO, WI 5/15/2011
YELLVILLE-SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
YELLVILLE, AR 4/27/2011
OAKDALE HIGH SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
OAKDALE, TN 4/25/2011
MORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MORRISTOWN , IN 3/22/2011
CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SANTA ANA, CA 1/20/2011
BAGDAD JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHO 1 Performance(s)
BAGDAD, AZ 10/15/2010
CROWLEYS RIDGE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
PARAGOULD, AR 10/12/2010
MEDINAH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MEDINAH, IL 5/14/2010
MEDINAH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MEDINAH, IL 5/14/2010
PARIS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PARIS, KY 5/7/2010
JOLIET PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
JOLIET, MT 5/7/2010
ELDON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELDON, MO 12/3/2009
DIAGONAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DIAGONAL, IA 4/17/2009
PLATT-GEDDES COMM SCH 3 Performance(s)
PLATTE, SD 4/15/2009
WESTRAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CLIFTON HILL, MO 3/15/2009
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HUNTINGDON, TN 3/7/2009

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT MATT MYERS

TALKS ABOUT “TRUCK STOP CHILI”

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: I had directed two hillbilly plays before, and got a kick out of hearing my middle school actors do that accent and wear those costumes. I also really love movies and the personalities that come with making movies, so I thought it would be fun to throw those people into a hillbilly world.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: I love both scenes when Milo and company shoot "Robot Rain 2" inside the Clip n’ Dip, because the movie’s so terrible but everyone involved is taking it so seriously. My favorite line would probably be when Crisco hands Otis back his legendary cowbell and says “Take it… it’s yore destiny,” because I like imagining a world where a cowbell can be your destiny.

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: My family’s got some hillbilly roots, so a lot of the folks from Gizzard were influenced by that much of the dialogue consists of phrases and expressions I’ve actually heard. The Hollywood people were based on actors and directors I’d read about or seen on TV interviews.

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: Besides some quality laughs, I liked how Otis comes to realize that you just can’t be someone you’re not… and for middle school performers, it was cool to see that lesson acted out.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: Watch for "Robot Rain 3," coming next summer…