Whitest State Hosts Black Theater Festival

Jarvis Green kicks off JAGFEST Piecemeal Pies

JAGFest 3.0 Presents New Works by all Women Playwrights

This week 30 black theater artists have been staying in and around White River Junction, VT preparing for performances at the Briggs Opera House from Friday February 8- Sunday February 10. For the third year, JAG Productions presents staged readings of new works by black playwrights, and this year, they are pleased to present works by all women. 

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On Monday evening, JAG founder Jarvis Green welcomed artists and community members to the kick-off event of JAG Fest 3.0 at Piecemeal Pies. (Jarvis Antonio) Green shared his story that got him here in Vermont and led him to founding a theater company focusing on African American stories.  After years studying and working in theater, he grew frustrated that he wasn't exposed to opportunities to perform in stories that reflected his own experience, and lamented that the classic theater canon focuses mainly on European American stories. In Vermont, he found a welcoming and supportive community to make the production company he dreamed of a reality. 

This festival and other JAG Productions are not only a gift to the artists who get a change to develop and perform in stories that reflect a more diverse America, but also a gift to the community. According to the 2007 census, Vermont is the whitest state in the US, and this festival brings stories to attendees who otherwise might need to travel to a metropolitan area to see. 

Read more about the schedule and purchase tickets at Jagproductionsvt.com 

All performances are at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.

Friday, February 8, 7:30PM

The Last Day of Black History Month: 
A Conversation with a Naked Black Southern Lesbian 
Written by The "Maine Attraction" Anders 
Directed by Kia Warren & Ayesha Dillabough 

Saturday, February 9, 4:00PM

Rabbit Summer
Written by Tracey Conyer Lee
Directed by Christopher Burris

Saturday, February 9, 7:30PM 

If This Be Sin A New Musical 
Book by Kirya Traber
Music by Sissi Liu
Directed & Choreographed by Christopher Windom

Sunday, February 10, 4:00PM

Blanks or Sunday Afternoon, After Church
Written by Gethsemane Amy Herron-Coward 
Directed by NJ Agwuna 


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