What does it mean to create a space for African American theatre in Vermont? From taking up space, to holding space and creating brave spaces, space is political, and JAG has been carving it fearlessly.
In the midst of this coronavirus moment, you may know by now the heartbreaking news that JAG’s co-production with Esai’s Table at Cherry Lane Theater in New York is indefinitely postponed. We are writing to let you, JAG founding funders and new friends and supporters, know that JAG Productions is tremendously vulnerable and is experiencing the fierce urgency of this moment. We need your help in keeping JAG open and able to serve the Upper Valley. Please consider making a meaningful donation to support our work at JAG Productions, as we face the financial blowback resulting from the coronavirus.
Thanks to your support, in the last 12 months we’ve seen JAG Productions soar into the consciousness of hundreds of new fans in Vermont, New Hampshire, and the region through our fall premiere of Esai’s Table. There is a reason for that. Our productions bring communities together around evocative, moving art. We receive messages, over and over, that the powerful stories we produce about Black and Brown people shift hearts and move audiences. One major donor told us recently, “JAG is essential to shaping and moving us toward the community we need and want in the Upper Valley”. We will continue telling these stories and providing an artistic sanctuary for Black and Brown artists seeking rejuvenation, time for reflection, and a space in nature to develop art that will change the world.
Our impact is making an intergenerational difference. After student groups attended our no-charge school matinee performance of Esai’s Table we received thank you notes that included these comments:
After the show was over, I just sat in my seat, staring at the stage in shock. My mind was spinning……
I am so grateful for this show, and the everlasting impact it has had on me…
After your performance and talk back, I left with wanting to make a difference and use my voice…
I went home and told my parents they need to see the play before it leaves Vermont.
We are taking these messages to heart, and there is still more work to do. In the midst of these uncertain times, when so much is at stake, please understand: JAG Productions needs your help.
JAG incurred considerable costs to put on the production in New York. Nathan’s powerful and important play Esai’s Table played to standing room only crowds in the Upper Valley by the time we closed in October. Our production was positioned for success during its New York premiere. Now we’ve lost revenue through ticket sales and through in person fundraising events. Even in this setback, we are designing the upcoming season with a focus on engaging with the community around themes that JAG addresses with our art; racial literacy, health disparity, and environmental justice. It matters to us to be responsive to our community; connecting around art and meaning will be more important than ever, in upcoming days and months, in whatever physical creative manifestation the art may take. We remain committed to JAG’s mission of presenting work in our community that catalyzes compassion, empathy and love through the lens of the African-American experience. We will take our stand.
Will you, dear JAG community, stand with us by making a meaningful contribution?
Help us continue bringing JAG art and brilliance to the Upper Valley.
We are walking this path together. None of us stands alone. We have long cherished your support, and it is what made Esai’s Table possible. We remain with eternal gratitude for you.
Producing Artistic Director
OR mail a check (made payable to JAG Productions) to PO Box 354, White River Junction, VT 05001.
A receipt will be provided for tax purposes.
If you have any questions or concerns - or if there is anything we can do to assist you in the process - please let us know.