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Beach City or Bust: The Tale of William Dewey (also known as Beach City or Bust) is a play originally written by Mayor Dewey, and later revised by Pearl, in which William Dewey (Steven Universe), the great great great great grandfather of Mayor Dewey, sets forth to explore undiscovered land. The first performance was produced by Jamie, who portrays Buddy, Dewey's shipmate. It was first shown in Historical Friction.

The play pays historical and political homage to the founding of Beach City, and marks the acting debut of Jamie. It is also the first Beach City Theatre performance shown in the series.

The play is notable for its evaluation of Gem history, and prompts the idea of Gems inhabiting the Beach City area as early as the nineteenth century.


The first production was prominently displayed in the episode "Historical Fricition". The cast included:

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