Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - Jessica's office for PBS, Marianne's office for the Department of Education, an Au Bon Pain in Union Square
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Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
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Dusty and his animated friends hold a competition to find a model family based on letters written by children. The winning family will receive a visit from Dusty and will be filmed for an upcoming episode. Out of the 15,000 letters received, the producers pick Lizzie Goldberg-Jones and her family to be featured on the most popular animated PBS show in America. Her parents are exemplary role models – and they are two men. When word of that selection and the resulting episode reaches Marianne, Secretary of Education, she exercises her authority, deciding that the program should not be aired on public television because of its possible influence on children. Her decision, calling the episode "special interest TV", is a blow to Jessica and Nathan, the producers/writers of the show and to Karen, Marianne's secretary. Karen admires her boss' tenacity in overcoming a self-destructive past, but feels her decision to cancel the episode is definitely wrong. She secretly reveals that self-destructive past to Nathan and almost brings Marianne down, but not quite. Based on an actual incident that happened in 2005, Dusty and the Big Bad World is a very funny, no-holds-barred yet even-handed look at PBS, government bias, gay marriage, the right to privacy, children's allergies and the ability to survive in a small-minded world.
"Dusty raises passionate and polarizing questions about the role of public TV in the education of our children. That's a battle for both hearts and minds. And in this country, a battle that will never end." - Denver Post, Read More
"Though titled after a fictitious dustball, it is one of the more human plays I’ve seen in quite a while. Credit Cusi Cram for crafting a story replete with tiny moments of authenticity...Dusty and the Big Bad World will have you laughing and thinking out loud." - Boulder Weekly, Read More
Dusty and the Big Bad World premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company in Denver, CO in January 2009 under the direction of Kent Thompson.