I wrote this show because I was forced to write it. Not like gun-to-my-head forced, but forced in the way that one is forced to skydive, or tell someone you love them for the first time; if I didn’t, I would never again look in the mirror without some sense of regret. The voices in my head just got too loud to ignore. Writing began in fits-and-starts essays about my utter angst, confusion and the profundity of being friends with an unpredictable homeless man who could make you cry and laugh in the same inhale. INDIAN JOE, a musical then grew with TLC from smart people who knew it as a solo show and asked me to ask better questions. Other smart people then dared to suggest I write a song or two, to which I replied, "That is a terrible idea." 16 songs later, I think they were on to something.
Elizabeth A. Davis