Jasper

Drew and Andrea have a son: Jasper. Jasper is disabled. Severely disabled. Every year he gets worse. After a particularly trying visit to the hospital and some bad news from the doctor, Drew meets a woman named Shayla on his way to work. Shayla has a very healthy young son named Tyler. Drew begins to see Shayla socially so he can have the father/son experience he's never had with his son. Drew is honest...
Drew and Andrea have a son: Jasper. Jasper is disabled. Severely disabled. Every year he gets worse. After a particularly trying visit to the hospital and some bad news from the doctor, Drew meets a woman named Shayla on his way to work. Shayla has a very healthy young son named Tyler. Drew begins to see Shayla socially so he can have the father/son experience he's never had with his son. Drew is honest about having a wife but when Shayla asks if he has children, he says no. As he sees Shayla and Tyler more Shayla is clearly falling in love with Drew. Andrea is getting suspicious and goes through Drew's phone and confronts him. Just then Jasper has a near fatal episode. This brings them to the hospital and eventually brings Shayla face to face with Andrea.

This play asks: how far will a father go to feel the love of a child even if it's not his own?
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Jasper

Recommended by

  • RICK PARK:
    24 May. 2018
    Great script that makes you think you know what is going to happen but then switches things up on you. Terrific character development and tight writing made me want to keep reading and it was one of the few plays that, while I was satisfied with where it ended, I really wanted to stay with these characters after the "lights down" prompt--not an easy feat. MacDermott should be proud of this script.
  • Stephen Kaplan:
    19 Jun. 2017
    A powerful look at parenting in general, but especially at parenting a disabled child. MacDermott elegantly and honestly exposes both the love and claustrophobic imprisonment that parents feel, but, with a deft hand, allows for the humor and joy to come out as well.

Character Information

  • Shayla
    Late 30's-mid 40's,
    any race/ ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Chic Manhattanite.
  • Drew
    30 - early 40's,
    any race/ ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    Blue collar, construction worker, Jasper's father, married to Andrea.
  • Andrea
    30 - early 40's,
    any race/ ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Blue collar. Jasper's mother. Married to Drew.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Yonder Window Theater
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Theater Resources Unlimited
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    RAL Productions
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
,
Harold Clurman Award
,
Stella Adler Howard Clurman Laboratory Theater
,
2019
Selection
,
TRU New Voices Selection
,
Theater Resources Unlimited
,
2018