"Red Jasper" had a successful world premiere, month-long run at the Lamplighter's Theatre in La Mesa, CA from 5/27/22 through 6/19/22
Interview on San Diego's NPR station, KPBS, about the play.
Article in the San Diego Union Tribune about the play. May 24, 2022
San Diego Union Tribune Review, June 21, 2022
Some recent reviews posted on Facebook:
"We go to quite a few plays and the world premiere production of Red Jasper is the best of the many we've seen since live productions have resumed. What a delectable emotional journey - from laughter, suspense, tears, back to laughter... oh my, does it ever deliver! Masterfully directed and perfectly cast, each character is "in the zone" and genuine... even while navigating through some difficult topics many of us think about but are reluctant to discuss. It's a must-see... if you live in the San Diego area, pick up your tix and see it before it wraps up June 19. If you're not local, keep an eye out... I think this one has legs and will be coming to a playhouse near you."
"I have been to many plays and many productions and I'm always analyzing something. On Saturday I saw the Premier of Micheal Madden's play "Red Jasper". It was wonderful. It is well written,the relations are real and the cast is outstanding. Michael's written ,directed and produced this play, now at Lamplighters in La Mesa, thru June 19th. Please if you get a chance see this beautiful, funny and moving play."
"Don't miss this World Premiere play by a talented local playwright, Michael Madden, with a standout performance by Lana Hartwell. An honest, funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman embracing love and life, while accepting mortality."
DON'T MISS THIS PLAY! Only one more week!! I saw "Red Jasper" for the 2nd time! I didn't think it could get any better but it was! I thought I was prepared with tissue but one tissue wasn't enough! Thank you Michael Madden for this heartwarming play.
Red Jasper, by Michael Madden, at Lamplighter's in La Mesa thru June 19th is a must-see. A heart-warming, funny, sad, thoughtful and inspiring production in all ways. The cast all made this crazy world a better place. As I made my way home, the night sky sparkled more, the fragrance of the jasmine was more intense and I felt uplifted.
Just got home from seeing one of The Best Plays I've ever seen in my life!! Everyone in th 5 person cast was outstanding. This play is a love story between a breast cancer patient and a man who lost his wife to Alzheimer's. It's funny, heart-warming and smacks you in the face with reality. I'm thoroughly spent from my emotions being tugged as tight as a piano string! The tears were definitely flowing by the end. The gist of the story is to not ever let it be too late to tell people you love them. So before I cry my eyes out on my pillow, I just want to tell you all how much I Love You!! Goodnight.
And so, I reach over and grab a tissue from my purse to mop up the tears before they stream onto my mask--before anyone sees. And I applaud, thinking that's the best play I have ever attended. And it was. It was so beautifully written. Thank you for sharing it with the world.
In interviewing dozens of women who have undergone cancer treatment, I realized that most people often say or do the wrong thing or don't say or do anything at all to family and friends who have cancer. My sister Maureen is a breast cancer survivor and this play is dedicated to her. My goal is to have cancer survivors look onstage and say, "that's right, that's just how I felt" or "that happened to me". I want the audience to laugh and be moved while they maybe learn some things that themselves, friends and family may benefit by in the future.
How come people don’t know the right thing to do or say when someone has Cancer? Isadora's an indelicate, sarcastic survivor with a hidden vulnerability, whose breast cancer has returned and who doesn't hesitate to educate people on how to act around her. During her treatment, she meets Tom, an affable, attractive man who regularly manages to disappoint, anger and intrigue her. Will the secrets of Tom’s past prevent a blossoming relationship? How to adapt to and deal with Cancer and Love later in life are demonstrated and rewarded. Written with the help of dozens of breast cancer survivors, this comedy-drama is an emotional ride that’s full of laughter and tears, while reminding us what’s important in life.
This production of “Red Jasper” was also being promoted by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
"Red Jasper" will be produced at the Alton Little Theater January 18-21, 2024
If you would like to watch a recording of "Red Jasper", here is the YouTube link.
(the quality of the recording isn't the best but it's all we have)
If anyone has undergone cancer treatment or been involved with someone who has, I am always happy and appreciative to discuss their experience. They can always contact me at email@example.com if they're interested.