JAG Productions and King Arthur Baking Company
Partner to Create Theatre On The Hill
This summer, live theatre is back, it’s Black, and it’s going to blow your mind! Hosted on the gorgeously picturesque lawn at King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich, Vermont - JAG Productions will be performing 5 weekends of theatre, from August 13 to September 12.
We're giving you workshops, concerts, burlesques, and staged readings that illuminate Black life and Black aesthetics. Each night of the series, King Arthur’s courtyard will open at 6:30 PM, where you can schmooze, canoodle, and enjoy locally-focused food and beverages. Performances start at 8, on our brand-new stage which is being constructed as we speak!
$25 General admission
AUG 13 - SEPT 12
On the lawn at King Arthur Baking Company
A CURIOUS THING; OR SUPERHEROES K’AINT FLY
by Jeremy O'Brian
Directed by Sideeq Heard
A 90-minute queer romance about parenthood and death. Virgo and Aries have just passed the newlywed stage when they start to reconsider their plans to become parents. As they ask the hard question, they uncover deep-seated fears. a curious thing; or superheroes k'ain't fly is an electric and boldly touching play exploring the universal question of parenthood in a world laden with danger
NEXT TO NORMAL
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Jarvis Green
August 20-22, August 27-29
Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal is an unflinching look at a family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Exploring how one suburban household copes with mental health and crisis, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
LIFE IN SEPIA
Vermont’s Black Burlesque Revue
Burlesque is a symphony of theatre, comedy, and striptease, and has been celebrated in true Vaudeville fashion since the late 19th century. Black performers, referred to as “sepia” dancers were touring, shaking, and setting the standard, but their stories are often erased or hidden by society. Today’s Black ecdysiasts are changing the narrative, by reclaiming their space on stage and in history — by documenting their legacy. Life in Sepia is a revival of burlesque through the decades, showing the imprint of Black excellence throughout the history of this underappreciated art form. Featuring a diverse revue of performances by The Maine Attraction, Perle Noire, Poison Ivory, Gigi Holliday, Genie Adagio, Vera Safire, Golden Mystique, Hi Ho Silver, and Domini'que Anjou. The Femmecee of the evening will be Liza Colby and Kia Warren.
FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
by Raven Cassell
Set in NYC late 1920s-1930s this Jazzical (jazz musical) sits with a brilliant writer woman named Blue who chooses to in-fact, put her career first and have total control of her fluid sexuality, never staying long enough to be “stuck” in love. In her pursuit of “the best damn love story New York ever did read,” Blue falls into the quicksand with a smooth-talkin’ Saxophonist named Jazz where she finds power in loving and being loved. When shit hits the fan, she’s left to clean herself up and define exactly what happiness is for her, whether that’s a life with or without the sweet sounds of Jazz. This career woman is far more familiar to us now, but the play looks at her nearly 100 years ago, navigating some of the same obstacles of liberation and autonomy with a backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance. It asks what it looks like for a woman to hold power and still navigate love.