Small town names in Texas: Dime Box, Cut and Shoot, Ding Dong, Uncertain, Muleshoe, and Nameless. Why not Tiny?
Against a backdrop of high school basketball and the Fall harvest of Texas pecans, comes a drama about the reunion of 18 year-old Mitch Wimmer and Clayton, his estranged gay father.
Mitch is a basketball prodigy on the order of Pistol Pete Maravich on track for a state championship and a major college basketball scholarship. He is well on his way to fulfilling his ordained future, whether he likes it or not.
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Mitch’s stepfather and basketball coach, not one to leave well enough alone, brings in a New York City based ballet instructor to work with the team. To his surprise, Mitch is really, really good at ballet -- even enjoys it.
A boy in Tiny liking ballet? Hell, that just ain’t right. Angelica, his girlfriend, offers the only support Mitch gets. What’s a red-blooded, All-American Texas boy to do?
As Mitch tries to figure it all out, he and his best friend Bobby have a traumatic encounter and, in shame, Bobby disappears.
Clayton abandoned Mitch, and his mother Sharon, when he fled to the big city to create a new life for himself as a gay man. Now, shattered by the death of his partner to AIDS, and uncertain for his own life, he returns to Tiny. It is not a happy return.
While Clayton looks for solid ground in his old home town, Mitch searches for Bobby, who has begun his own journey, a journey that echoes Clayton’s flight from Tiny more than a decade ago.
As this trio grapples to find their way, one will leave Tiny, and two will reunite there.
TINY, TEXAS is inspired by real people -- a basketball playing son, an estranged father, and a gay best friend. It blends multiple stories of tragedy and hope about fathers and sons, whether they be biological or adopted, and is seasoned with plenty of nostalgic Texana.