Dumpster Diver the musical™ is a new musical about friendship, adventure, and dumpster diving that carries the theme “follow your dreams, no matter how unconventional”.
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The musical tells the story of two friends, Trevor and Faith, who graduate college and head in separate directions. Four years later, they re-meet and discover how much they’ve changed over the years. When Faith tells Trevor that the company he is working for is evil, Trevor sets out to prove her wrong. When he discovers that she is telling the truth, he has a decision to make–live a life of comfort knowing he is hurting people, or setting out to expose his company at great risk to himself. His decision, which is made at the beginning of Act 2, sets into motion a cross-country adventure where he learns the value of friendship, freedom, and love.
Find out what happens in this exciting new musical about following your dreams, no matter how unconventional.
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Some of the characters from Dumpster Diver the musical.
illustration: Kris Kemp
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The Story behind Dumpster Diver the Musical
Hi, I’m the writer (book/score) of Dumpster Diver the Musical. Originally, I began writing this story many years ago when I lived in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.
At the time, I was living in this big run-down warehouse inhabited by a revolving door of artists, musicians, drifters and dreamers. This warehouse, a big quonset hut actually, was a kind-of “Bermuda Triangle” for the fringe artist scene. It sat in an area, Flamingo Park, that was being cleaned up. As the real estate investors circled the area, the code enforcement people start making regular visits to the warehouse.
On one side of the warehouse, literally, 20 feet from my room, sat the railroad tracks, and yes, they were active. On the other side of the warehouse, was the gentrifying neighborhood. We were surrounded on all sides, by progress and commerce.
Living there, I was in the midst of interesting people and I began keeping a journal, documenting the activity. I sifted through my notes and started to write a play called “Plato’s Cave”, as a nod to the offbeat philosophers that drifted through the space.
Around this time, I was introduced to dumpster diving, from a friend, who lived at a collective space in nearby Lake Worth, Florida. I took the notes from “Plato’s Cave” and thought, “What if there was an entire group of drifters and dreamers, who were dumpster divers, in a future where dumpster diving was illegal?” That was the seed of an idea that was planted in my imagination that would later grow into the tree, for Dumpster Diver the Musical.
Thinking about it now, this idea was likely shaped by the situation that was unfolding around me at the time, at the warehouse, as we were a group of renegades surrounded by a progress that would eventually see the warehouse shut buried under a mountain of code violations, so much so that the owner, Alan Patrusevich, forced with paying a huge bill and the continual harassment by code enforcement, would sell the property.
The dust would settle. As it had before. And the artists, poets, musicians, dreamers, writers, who’d left the treadmill of nine-to-five to navigate their way through this hamster cage of the disenfranchised, would eventually drop anchor at other overlooked and abandoned islands, with their run-aground ships and forgotten caves.
Those who don’t feel at home in this world will find their home among the invisible territories. Like giant magnets in the sky that can only attract what they do not destroy, their journey will rewarded. The sound of time is the music and the muse. The seduction of the equator is their reality.
writer (book/score) Dumpster Diver the Musical