|Basis||Roadside by Lynn Riggs|
|Productions||2001 Irving |
Jones directed the play Roadside for his master's thesis in directing at the University of Texas. After Jones arrived in New York, Schmidt and he wrote a few songs for the musical and made a demo (but gave up since they could not acquire the rights).
The show premiered on February 16, 2001, at the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas with a cast consisting of Randy Tallman (Pap Raider), Stan Graner (Amos K. "Buzzey" Hale), Julie Johnson (Hannie Raider), Ryan Appleby (Red Ike), Steve Barcus (Black Ike), Jonathan Beck Reed (Texas), Richard Estes (The Verdigree Marshall), Rick Prada (Neb, the Jailer), Jerry Haynes (Judge Snodgrass), and Lois Sonnier (Miz Foster). The orchestra had Nyela Basney (piano), Mike Cruciger (banjo/guitar), and Dave Yonley (fiddle).
The show then moved to the Granbury Opera House in Granbury, Texas, and stayed there from March 9 through April 1, 2001.
The show opened Off-Broadway at the York Theatre on November 29, 2001 and starred Jennifer Allen (Mitz Foster), Ryan Appleby (Red Ike), G.W. Bailey (Pap Raider), Steve Barcus (Black Ike), Tom Flagg (Ned the Nailer), James Hindman (Amos K. "Buzzey" Hale), Julie Johnson (Hannie), Jonathan Beck Reed (Texas), and William Ryall (The Vedigree Marshall)