The Jasper Project presents Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays at Tapp’s Arts Center

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The Jasper Project presents Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays at Tapp’s Arts Center

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Jasper Project presents Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays – premieres of six 10-minute plays written by six SC playwrights to commemorate the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Columbia, S.C., with 2 and a half minutes of darkness in each script.

Playwrights include Jon Tuttle and Cindy Turner, Nicola Waldron, Chad Henderson, Terry Roueche, LaSharn Hopkins, and Julia Vargas, with incredible talent like that of Paul Kaufmann, Hunter Boyle, Jason Stokes, Libby Campbell, Bakari Lebby, Avery Bateman, Bill Roberson, and more. It’s a Who’s Who of Columbia Theatre talent and it’s being led by theatre artist Patrick Kelly – actor, director, administrator, and more!

There will be two performances of the plays at 7 pm and at 10 pm on Thursday, August 17th, with a reception for attendees of both performances from 9 – 10 pm in the Tapp’s Gallery space. Playwrights will be available for Q and A during the reception.

The scripts, along with original poetry from the Syzygy Invitational Poetry Reading sponsored by the Jasper Project (happening earlier in the day on Aug. 17 at 3pm at Richland Library), will be bound and sold in a commemorative publication.

Two performances of The Syzygy Plays at 7 and 10 pm Tapp’s $10. Meet the Playwright reception from 9 – 10 pm, free

Sunday August 27, 3:00 p.m. – Post Syzygy Panel Project:

The Jasper Project will present a post Syzygy panel in two parts, (part one – Post-Syzygy Poetry, part two – Post-Syzygy Plays), one week following the total solar eclipse celebrations on August 27th at the Richland Library. 

The panel will be free and open to the public. 

The purpose of the panel is to facilitate public interaction with professional literary artists in a casual setting as they reflect on and critically analyze the recent eclipse itself, its historical implications, and the role it plays in our culture by bringing SC citizens and visitors together for its celebration and commemoration

Panel participant-moderators will be Professor Ed Madden (USC) for the poets and Professor Jon Tuttle (FMU) for the playwrights. All participating poets and playwrights will be invited to attend.


This event will be handing out free eclipse glasses to guests courtesy of the City of Columbia, S.C.! Available on event date and time only.

Located at Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia, S.C., hosted by The Jasper Project.


August 17
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tapp’s Arts Center
1644 Main Street
Columbia, SC, SC 29201 United States


The Jasper Project