Book, Music & Lyrics
by Jeffrey Stock
NOWHERESVILLE tells the darkly comic story of Sheldon, a chronically unemployed young man who finally finds work at his old haunt: the unemployment office. When he falls for a beautiful and hapless job-seeker named Amy, he risks his own job by scheming to keep her unemployed so she won’t disappear before he has a chance to win her love.
As Sheldon’s dubious scheme to win Amy’s affections starts to crumble around him, he finds himself as the last customer in a lonely bar, and he sings a variation on what Amy first told him when she came to him looking for work: she just wanted someone to listen to her. But he was too concerned with his own agenda to help her. When Sheldon realizes the patient bartender has done him the simple kindness of listening to him, it dawns on him what he must do next to make everything right.
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