Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster's Jasper in Deadland Will Receive New York Premiere in 2014

By Michael Gioia
23 Dec 2013

Ryan Scott Oliver
Ryan Scott Oliver
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Prospect Theater Company will present the New York premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster's Jasper in Deadland, a new musical that follows 16-year-old Jasper as he journeys into the afterlife to save his best friend, beginning March 16, 2014, at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew.

Brandon Ivie, assistant director of Broadway's A Christmas Story, The Musical and First Date, will helm Jasper, which features a score by Oliver and a book by Oliver and Foster.

Lorin Latarro, who choreographed Broadway's Waiting For Godot and Scandalous, will choreograph the limited engagement, which will play through April 13.

Here's how Jasper in Deadland is billed: "In this original musical, 16-year-old Jasper journeys through the Afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, Agnes. On his thrill-ride through a hybrid underworld, Jasper encounters demons, gods, mortals and monsters from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Norse mythology, learning what it means to die and questioning what it means to live."

Jasper in Deadland was originally commissioned in 2011 by the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program. It has received subsequent developmental readings through Pace University and the York Theatre Company's NEO Reading Series, as well as a recent one-night concert presentation at 54 Below as part of RSO FEST. Read the recap of RSO FEST here.

Oliver is the recipient of both the Jonathan Larson Award as well as a Richard Rodgers Award for musical theatre. Read more about his work in Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

Foster has previously written the books to four musicals, including the Outer Critics Circle-nominated Summer of '42 and the upcoming Circus in Winter. He is a Tony nominee for his performance in Little Shop of Horrors and will appear in the upcoming The Bridges of Madison County.

Prospect Theater Company is under the direction of artistic director Cara Reichel and managing director Melissa Huber.

The West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is located at 263 West 86th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit ProspectTheater.org.