Jasper in Deadland

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Jasper in Deadland

Hunter Foster, Ryan Scott Oliver

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  4f, 5m

“Foster and Oliver unleash their cleverness in this playful, energetic and wide-ranging new musical” – The New York Times

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Jasper in Deadland
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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
Jasper is lost in the living world. When you’re failing classes, kicked off the swim team, and your family is on the skids, life can feel like it’s going to hell. Yet, in all the disappointment, Jasper has his best friend, Agnes. In one night of teenage passion, Jasper and Agnes consummate a years-long friendship. But in the morning Agnes is gone, telling Jasper to meet her at their cliff. When he arrives there’s no sign of his best friend, only a swirling vortex to another world in the water below. Jasper dives into Deadland.

Jasper in Deadland features a thrilling pop-rock score from Ryan Scott Oliver, with a compelling book by Hunter Foster.

History

Jasper in Deadland premiered in a production by the Prospect Theater Company in New York City in March 2014. The play then officially opened at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA in April 2015. Both productions were directed by Brandon Ivie.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The living world and the five circles of deadland
  • Additional Features: Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

Casting

4f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

JASPER
AGNES
VIRGIL
CERBERUS HEAD #1
CERBERUS HEAD #2
CERBERUS HEAD #3
MR. LETHE
LETHE'S GIRLS
GRETCHEN
PAPERBOY
INF. CITIZEN #1
IRMA
TABLOID GIRL #1
TABLOID GIRL #2 
JESSICA'S MOTHER
JESSICA
ABIGAIL ACRIMONE
DR. ESPINATO
OSIRIS
AMMUT
LITTLE LU
SISYPHUS
DAUGHTER OF DANAUS
BRUTUS
EURYDICE
PERSEPHONE

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

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Full Package:

Piano/Conductor 
Piano/Vocal 
Guitar
Drums
Cello
Bass
15 Vocal Chorus Books


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Media

Press

REVIEWS 

“Foster and Oliver unleash their cleverness in this playful, energetic and wide-ranging new musical” – The New York Times, Read More

“An electrifying surge of theatrical energy! Jasper In Deadland marks the arrival of Oliver as a major new voice in Musical Theatre” – Entertainment Weekly, Read More

“A Magnificent Musical! Jasper In Deadland is a journey of self-discovery that moved me in such a way that it brought tears to my eyes. Bravo for Deadland!” – New York Theatre Guide, Read More

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Song Samples

Goodbye Jasper!
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What is Life?
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The Killing
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Mark This!
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Deadland Welcome / Tour Song / Jasper in Deadland
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Jasper in Deadland (Lethe Style)
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The Forgetting
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Living Dead
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Hungry for Your Heart
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Stroke by Stroke
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The Remembering
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Memory: Something for Real
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Beat and Broken Spirits
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Awful People
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Elysium
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Lifesong
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The Trade / The Swim
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One More Day of Snow
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Videos

  • Stroke by Stroke - 5th Avenue Theatre production

  • Living Dead - 5th Avenue Theatre production

  • Jasper in Deadland at 5th Avenue Theatre

  • Hungry for Your Heart - 5th Avenue Theatre production

  • Ryan Scott Oliver sings "Awful People" at 54 Below

  • Stroke By Stroke - Jay Armstrong Johnson at 54 Below

  • Lifesong - Andi Alhadeff

  • Pasadena Musical Theatre Program performs "Living Dead"

  • Behind the Scenes at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Building Cerberus

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Authors

Hunter Foster

Hunter Foster is an Artistic Associate at Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed Company, Ain't Misbehavin', The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014 and 2016), Summer of '42, and It's a Wonderful Life. His other directing credits include Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), G ...

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Ryan Scott Oliver

Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award Nominee, a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Mrs. Sharp (2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner, at Playwrights Hor ...

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