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 (portrayed by 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 Friction". The cast included:
- Jamie as Buddy
- Steven Universe as William Dewey
- Jamie as Pearl
- Jamie as Garnet
- Jamie as Amethyst (voiced, manipulated)
- Jamie as an unknown gem fusion (voice)
The play was warmly received by the audience, 14 Beach City residents, laughing along at times and applauding and joining in a "Mayor Dewey" chant at the play's end. Mayor Bill Dewey himself was not fond of the changes made by Pearl to his script at first, particularly the portrayal of William Dewey, but by the end regarded it so highly (perhaps due to his political promotion within the play) as to appoint Jamie as Lead Director of Beach City Community Theater.