Sonny Smith
One Act Plays
May 8, 2012

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Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) with guests: Neko Case, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel, Rico Bell, Jolie Holland, Peggy Honeywell, Virgil Shaw, Eugene & Akire Chen, Andy Cabic, and John Dwyer.


The songs on One Act Plays started out as real one act plays written for the theater. But in writing them I began to make them songs at some point. I can’t remember when this mysterious shift happened. However, ultimately the plays as songs were performed on stage in a play called The Dangerous Stranger, so somehow it came full circle.

The Dangerous Stranger was supposed to be about reality being the dangerous intruder of fantasy, and fantasy being a dangerous intruder to reality. I can't remember if the play was successful at conveying this idea at all. That was the kinda stuff on my mind at the time I guess.

I had a few influences at the time I was writing them. One was Terry Allen's Juarez, a concept record with recurring characters. Also I was really into Sam Shepard at the same time so I was reading a lot of his stuff.

A few of the songs, like "Eddie and Rita" even have some stage directions lifted directly from one of his plays.

The song "Following Father" took a bunch of facts from my dad's cousin, a Texan who always had some get rich quick scheme that never lasted.

I was trying to make some kind of Tennessee Williams like thing apparently. Epic! Large! Family! Redemption! Well, anyway, most of these plays are fictional, except for 'Freaks In Space' and 'Honey Roy Rockwell'. Those two are the complete truth. The terrible truth.

–Sonny Smith

  • 1
    The Stick-Up
  • 2
    The Terrible Truth  
  • 3
    "Honey" Roy Rockwell  
  • 4
    Troublesome Affair    
  • 5
    Treat Me Mean  
  • 6
    Over The Border And Into The Night  
  • 7
    Eddie And Rita  
  • 8
    Following Father
  • 9
     Freaks In Space!  
  • 10
     Donkey Killed The Crow
  • 11
    The Stick-Up (Part Two)