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John Tuttle

Nicola Waldron

Leasharn Hopkins

Terry Roueche

Chad Henderson

Dora Julia Vargas

Project Director

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


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 McManusJennifer BartellCassie premo steeleLen LawsonVera 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Two new and previously unpublished poets selected from an open call by adjudicator Cassie Premo Steele will share both the page and stage with these veteran poets.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



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



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.





Len Lawson

Len Lawson

Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker

Ed Madden

Ed Madden

Vera Gomez

Vera Gomez

Glenis Redmond

Glenis Redmond

Jennifer Bartell

Jennifer Bartell

Marjorie Wentworth

Marjorie Wentworth

Cassie Premo Steele

Cassie Premo Steele

Ray McManus