Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces The 2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, with Jasper on June 11, 2018 at 7pm and Adele's Wayon June 18, 2018 at 7pm at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., New York, NY. Tickets are free, but RSVP is required. RSVP by emailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or by calling 212-714-7628.
The 2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series is the 19th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by the panels on producing, "Dollars and Sense" featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers. Reservations required: 212-714-7628, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com.
"It is interesting each year to see themes emerge from our submissions, and often a pervasive tone that seems to reflect what is happening in the world around us," notes TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata. "This year we were surprised - although we probably shouldn't have been - to see an increase in plays with a serious, often somber tone. We ultimately chose two of those that deal bluntly with issues of life and death, from two dramatically different perspectives. We are proud to support these thought-provoking new works, and look forward to seeing how, in the coming year, our world continues to shape the vision of our writers."
Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7pm
Jasper, by Grant MacDermott, Directed by Katie McHugh, Produced by Frank Avellino/Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc.
Jasper is about a married couple with a severely disabled 8-year-old child whose time is running out. Indeed, the original prognosis was that Jasper wouldn't live to be a toddler, but due to the care and dedication of his parents, he's survived. As the boy's condition worsens, parents Drew and Andrea must begin to consider the fact that Jasper may soon die. On a subway ride home from work, Drew meets Shayla, a successful, attractive, single mother of an adorable, healthy 4-year old boy named Tyler, and Drew begins to see in Tyler the father-and-son relationship he craves but has never had, nor can ever have, with Jasper. This unique, heart-melting story about family, loss, betrayal, and redemption, asks the question: how far will a parent go to feel the love of a child, even if it's not his own?