Meet Jason Lasky & Last Exit Before You’re Off The Grid

jasonName: Jason Lasky

What is your current project? 

Last Exit Before You’re Off The Grid. This started out as a play about America in the future, but I conceived of it way before this past November. After the 8th, it seemed rather funny I’d had these thoughts, and then I went ahead and made some more specific references.

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

The Secret Theatre’s Act One: One Act 2017 A Short Play Festival. ST thinks it’s a good fit with the other plays they’re showcasing each night.

What’s next for you?

I am currently in Nairobi, Kenya working as the Head of Drama at an international school and am actively working on several theater projects: my full-length drama 40 Days of Night (supported by a grant from Theatre Communications Group and the Moscow chapter of the International Theatre Institute) for a premiere in Russia; a full-length tragicomedy co-written with my wife that ties Kenya and China together; a one-woman show; a one-man show; a physical theatre, Butoh-inspired piece for the ITI’s 35th World Congress in Spain this coming summer; I am leading drama teacher training for a group of LAMDA teachers in Nairobi; and I am talking with the the national coordinator of the Zimbabwe Centre of the ITI to lead movement workshops for the next generation of theatre artists in the spring- all this while finishing up my dual IB Teacher Certification and Masters of Education, for which I’ve maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout the last four semesters, and raising my son and daughter with the most supportive woman in my world.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

It’s a toss-up between my wife and me. It’s her because she’s got a million and one complete plays in her head. It’s me because I’m the one figuring out how to bring those to life while also breathing life into mine.

Want More?

Twitter: @j_lasky_writer

Jason Lasky is a playwright, actor, director and teacher. He is an alumnus of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Playwriting program. He is the co-founder of Shanghai’s 5th Wall Theater and J. Lasky Productions, an international theatre company dedicated. His play Rendezvous: A Tragicomedy, co-authored with his wife Svetlana and presented at Shanghai LGBT’s Pride 6, was the first English-language play addressing transgendered identity in mainland China. His plays have been performed on three continents and translated into Chinese and Russian, and his one act play Mend the Envelope was published in QU Literary Journal in January 2016. His latest collaboration in Murmansk, Russia, 40 Days of Night, has been made possible through Theatre Communication Group’s On the Road grant. He has been publicized internationally, most recently in ITI-info magazine. Jason is currently the Head of Drama at Hillcrest International School in Nairobi, Kenya.

Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
E, M, G or 7 train to Courthouse SQ/23rd St.

Thursday 1/ 12 @ 7:30pm
Sunday 1/ 15 @ 5pm
Friday 1/ 20 @ 7:30pm
Sunday 1/ 22 @ 2pm
Tuesday 1/ 24 @ 7:30pm
Finals 1/28 @7:30 pm

AT-DOOR: $18
Use Promo Code ‘early bird’ by January 7th
ANY (4) PERFORMANCES: $55 (must purchase 4 individual tickets….write to to select your dates)

Review: Mend the Envelope by Jason Lasky

unnamedSometimes one can get so lost in dreams that reality is almost another realm. Jason Lasky’s Mend the Envelope tells the harrowing story of a married couple broken by events of a single poor decision. Questions of faith and purpose are told under the careful direction of Cihangir “G.” Duman. Set on a almost bare stage with set pieces strategically placed, Henry and Joanie Davis’ relationship unfolds before the audience. Played by  Andy Phillips and Brittany Belinski, the actors honestly share glimmers of a once successful and exciting life abroad to their current mundane and shattered life in upstate New York.  Fern Lim’s lighting and sound design flawlessly shifted us to dreamscape and added a another layer to the one act. I would love to read the next scene of this one act to find out where the Davises go in their relationship.

Mend the Envelope is playing as part of the Thespis Festival for two more performances.

Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:15 PM;
September 26 at 3:30 PM

Hudson Guild Theatre

441 W. 26th Street

Click HERE for more info.