Jasper Lake

by  John Kuntz

Full Length Play, Drama, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 4f

Winner! 2005 National Student Playwriting Award, administered by the American College Theatre Festival

"Jasper Lake sparkles with a haunting allure...every moment of mystery, fear, shock and dismay touches the audience the way a stone toss…

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Jasper Lake

by  John Kuntz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play, Winner! 2005 National Student Playwriting Award, administered by the American College Theatre Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Haunted by a violent past, Liz Sloane awakens to the voice of a girl she has never met, beckoning her to a place called Jasper Lake. Two affluent families reside along this beautiful, exclusive body of water: The abusive Mitchell, his long-suffering wife Nora and her teen-age daughter, Jennifer. Next door is loquacious Mid-western new-comer Deb, her workaholic husband Jerry and their disturbed son Caleb. A "meet the new neighbors" party ensues that will change these families forever, as their secrets and betrayals bubble to the surface. Someone will drown in Jasper Lake tonight, unless Liz and her new boyfriend, an unemployed roadie named Drake, can make it there in time.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2005 National Student Playwriting Award, administered by the American College Theatre Festival

Reviews

"Jasper Lake sparkles with a haunting allure...every moment of mystery, fear, shock and dismay touches the audience the way a stone tossed in a pond creates an unmistakable ripple." - The Boston Herald

"Powerful and disturbing...a haunting and fragmented chamber piece for eight actors." - Boston Phoenix

"The gated community abutting Jasper Lake is the site of adultery, incest, seduction, psychosis, wrist slitting, apparent drowning, closeted homosexuality, cat killing, cheerleading and other potential sins, Jasper Lake combines Kuntz's wit, particularly sharp when centered on literature and pop culture, with the ability to tell a story." - The Boston Globe

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: In and around the titular lake.

    Note: There is no ACTUAL lake required in the production. Jasper Lake is a theatrical lake - so there's no water involved.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

There is flexibility in the casting of some roles. Caleb and Jennifer are teen-age characters.

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Authors

John Kuntz

John Kuntz

Jasper Lake was first produced by Boston Playwrights Theatre as part of its graduate playwrighting program. It later appeared in an edited version at the New York International Fringe Festival.

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