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Jasper Project to Produce New Play by SC Native Randall David Cook as first in Play Right Series

Sharks and other lovers the jasper project

Sharks and Other Lovers, written by Randall David Cook, is the first in the Jasper Project’s new Play Right Series and will be presented April 28th and 29th at 8 pm, April 30th at 3pm, and May 5th and 6th at 8 pm in the newly renovated underground space at Tapp’s Arts Center.

Starring Libby Campbell, Josh Kerns, Glenn Rawls, Jennifer Moody Sanchez, and Perry Simpson, Sharks and Other Lovers is a comedy that asks the audience to laugh as we examine our own issues of love and abandonment. The two-act play is set on a South Carolina beach and director Larry Hembree plans to create a classic beach scene with all the shells and whistles, complete with umbrellas in the wine cocktails for sale at the Tapp’s Tiki Bar. Media artist Barry Wheeler will create special effects to add to the ambience, David Swicegood will do costumes and hair, Andy Mills will create the set design, and Emily Harrill is the stage manager.

Playwright Randall David Cook, originally from Columbia, lives in Manhattan but frequently visits his home in SC. A 1991 graduate of Furman University, Cook returned to his alma mater for the spring 2017 semester to both teach and stage his world premiere, Kappa Kappa Scream. A longtime colleague of Hembree, the Jasper Project board member and principal artist for the Play Right Series tapped Cook to also open the first play in the new arts series. Hembree read Sharks and Other Lovers and thought it perfect for Columbia and the Jasper Project. Sharks and Other Lovers is also a world premiere.

The Play Right Series is the Jasper Project’s newest on-going project. The purpose of the Play Right Series is to empower audiences with a heightened theatrical experience at the same time that opportunities are increased for SC theatre artists to create and perform new works. The Jasper Project does this by incorporating Community Producers into the process of creating theatrical art.

The Jasper Project is a project-oriented, multidisciplinary arts facilitator serving the greater Columbia and South Carolina communities by providing collaborative arts engineering and providing community-wide arts communication.


Tickets to all shows are $15, limited to 50 per show, and are available at tappsartscenter.com.

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