Brelby Theatre Company Presents The AZ Premiere Of JASPER IN DEADLAND
The Brelby Theatre Company located in Downtown Glendale, is dying to share the tale of Jasper in Deadland.
Jasper in Deadland tells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who journeys into the Afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes. But in this version of the hereafter - known as "Deadland," a hybrid of mythology, religion, and superstition - the dead forget their lives... And so, too, will Jasper, if he can't get past the seven circles of Deadland, fearsome Cerberus, heavenly Beatrix, mysterious Mr. Lethe, and ultimately himself. Aided by a sarcastic and spunky tour guide, Gretchen, Jasper will fight against all odds to bring his best friend back from the dead. Will he succeed or will he join the dead forever?
"The story takes the traditional hero's quest and turns it on its head," says director, Shelby Maticic. "In a place where you begin to forget the details of your life the second you enter it...how can you stay focused on your end goal? Jasper finds a guide in Gretchen who is quickly drawn to this live boy despite her desires to continue forgetting what her life was like above ground." The Arizona premiere of this Off-Broadway musical includes a book by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver, with music by Ryan Scott Oliver, and additional orchestrations by Solomon Hoffman. "It's a story about the importance of not only seeing the connections and relationships we have in our lives, but cherishing and nurturing them," Maticic explains. "And along the journey we get to encounter gods and goddesses from every branch of mythology from Greek to Egyptian while our young duo tries to find their way back and figure out the point of living in the first place."
Jasper in Deadland features music direction by Helen Morris. The cast includes Jack Taylor as Jasper, Falin Ossipinsky as Gretchen/Agnes, and Kevin Fenderson as Mr. Lethe. The ensemble includes Sarah Bary, Jen Gantwerker, Anthony Rozzen, Mackenzie Morgan, Faith Sterling, Eric Evans, Jesse Pike, Allison Foulk, Josh Pike, Hanna Grossenbaucher, Leigh Hager, Tiffany Martinez, and Chris Jackson.
BOX OFFICE: Show dates are June 21-22, 28-29, July 5-6 @ 7:30pm, and June 22-23, 29-39, July 6-7 @ 2:00pm Tickets are available for $25, and can be purchased by visiting the official website at http://brelby.com/. Admission to Jasper in Deadland is included in the benefits of Brelby's ShowGO subscription. http://brelby.com/showgo/. The Brelby Playhouse is located at 7154 N 58th Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301