Dead Man’s Shoes

by Joseph Zettelmaier
A World Premiere from a Michigan playwright!
A co-production with Performance Network Theatre
Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
Directed by David Wolber
January 26 – February 26, 2012 

The year is 1883. The notorious outlaw Injun Bill Picote has escaped from prison, along with a hard-luck drunk named Froggy. The unlikely partners endure trials and bizarre misadventures as they set out to right a terrible wrong in this outrageous new dark comedy about life, friendship and vengeance in the Wild West. As Bill’s past catches up with him, and Froggy helps him discover his long-ignored conscience, a question arises: Is the hope of a better life stronger than the need to avenge the death of a friend? What starts out as a sweeping epic tale boils down to an incredibly funny, insightful and deeply personal journey for two men… and a pair of shoes. From the writer of And The Creek Don’t Rise and It Came From Mars comes a new American Western.

*Contains Mature Language and Themes


Aral Gribble, Paul Hopper, Maggie Meyer and Drew Parker

Performance Schedule

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Saturdays at 3PM (starting the 2nd week of the run)
Sundays at 2PM

Ticket Prices

Pay-What-You-Can ~ Thursday, January 26 at 8pm
Preview performances January 27, 28, 29 and February 2 ~ $15
Beginning February 3:
Thursday evenings ~ $20
Friday and Saturday evenings ~ $25
Saturday and Sunday matinees ~ $22
Student tickets (with valid ID) ~ $10
Senior discount (65 and older) ~ $2 off regular ticket price

In The Press

“Walk A Mile In Dead Man’s Shoes
Michael H. Margolin,

“Have Knife, Will Travel: Splendid Shoes Finds Humor – and Horror – in the Old West”
Paul Wozniak, Lansing City Pulse

“Williamston Brings Dead Man’s Shoes Alive”
Dana Casadei, Lansing Online News

“Stage Western Without The Cliches”
Daniel Skora, New Monitor

“Dark Comedy exudes tension, humor at Williamston Theatre: Actors shine in Shoes Premiere”
Bridgette Redman, Lansing State Journal