Dora Julia Vargas
Patrick Michael Kelly
These two special activities are taking place in conjunction with the total solar eclipse that will run through Columbia on August 21, 2017 and the other events taking place as part of the Total Eclipse Weekend. Be sure to take advantage of all the other great activities by visiting http://totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com.
Syzygy - The Poetry Invitational
Please join us for the first in The Jasper Project's two part celebration of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse -- Syzygy - The Poetry Invitational -- when some of South Carolina's most elite poets share newly created work commemorating this auspicious occasion. The free reading will take place at Richland Library and will be followed by a brief reception.
Marjory Wentworth (SC poet laureate), Marcus Amaker (Charleston poet laureate), Ed Madden (Columbia poet laureate), Ray McManus, Jennifer Bartell, Cassie premo steele, Len Lawson, Vera Gomez, and Glenis Redmond all bring their unique interpretations of eclipse to the page and stage during this first of its kind reading and release of the bound poems in commemorative form.
Two new and previously unpublished poets selected from an open call by adjudicator Cassie Premo Steele will share both the page and stage with these veteran poets.
Syzygy - The Solar Eclipse Plays
Part two of the commemoration -- Syzygy - The Solar Eclipse Plays -- will be take place in two stagings later in the day at 7 pm and 10 pm at Tapp's Arts Center, with a public reception honoring the playwrights from 9 - 10 pm in the Tapp's lobby.
In Part II of The Jasper Project's celebration of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Jasper invited six esteemed South Carolina playwrights to each create a 10 minute or less play with no more than 3 actors AND with 2 and a half minutes of darkness in the script. The resulting plays will be performed twice on Thursday August 17th at 7 and 10 pm with a public reception honoring the playwrights bridging the performances from 9 - 10 pm.
The participants are as follows:
Project Direction by Patrick Michael Kelly
Production Stage Management by Rosalind Graverson
Written and directed by Leasharn Hopkins
Featuring Cristofher Griffin, Devon "Pierre" Wright, and Pat Yeary
by Jon Tuttle and Cynthia Outen
Directed by Bakari Lebby
Featuring Akida Lebby, Jason Stokes, and Avery Bateman
REESE AND JUNE
Written and directed by Chad Henderson
Featuring Libby Campbell, Marybeth Gorman Craig, and Bill Roberson
by Terry Roueche
Directed by Paul Kaufmann
Featuring Hunter Boyle, Eric Bultman, and Tristan Pack
by Nicola Waldron
Directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor
Featuring Marybeth Gorman Craig, Andrea Coldwell, and Kelsie Hensley
VISITEMOS A LA ABUELA
by Julia Vargas
Directed by Rocio Zalba
Featuring Ysaul Flores, Jose Luis Gallardo, and Johanna Jaimes
This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.