JAG OPENS 2022/2023 SEASON WITH
‘THEATRE ON THE HILL’ STARRING BRITTON & THE STING
Tony Award-Winning Artist To Present Funk Liberation Revival
Outdoors at King Arthur Baking Company from August 19 to 27
Recent Tony Award-winner Britton Smith, the self-identified Black Gay Mega Pastor, is bringing his funk liberation band Britton & The Sting to King Arthur’s outdoor space, for four performances of Theatre on the Hill.
Funk, gospel, soul, and testimony will echo through the Vermont landscape as Britton and the Sting spread the gospel of authenticity and inclusion, bridging the way to radical liberation. The band’s anthem, “Let’s Get Drunk and Go to Church”, speaks volumes about the mission and identity of this talented pack of musicians, who preach to the congregation out loud and without apology.
This year’s Theatre on the Hill builds upon the wild success of 2021’s plays and musicals, distilling all the joy and audacity that reverberated throughout the Upper Valley last summer into a spectacular new show, performed live for four nights only. The passion, irreverence, and originality that thrilled audiences in 2021 will be embodied in Britton and The Sting, as they present electrifying elements of a new musical integrated into their unparalleled concert.
Performances will be at 8pm on August 19-20 and 26-27. Food and beverages will be available starting at 7:00 PM each night, made daily by local favorites Munchie Rollz. Tickets are $33 for general admission and go on sale Wednesday, July 20.
Recently featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Fault Magazine, and The New Yorker, Britton and the Sting were also featured in Paper Magazine’s “Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Right”, as well as a featured 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Submission Top Pick.
In addition to Theatre on the Hill, JAG Productions will facilitate a creative residency for Britton and The Sting, who “aim to rediscover the why behind the music, where we aim to target it, and for whom. We know that beyond the music is a soul. August is about revisiting the soul…”
Jarvis Green, JAG’s Founder & Producing Artistic Director, says, "As the basic human rights of LGBTQ+ people are being threatened once again, I want to thank King Arthur Baking Company for partnering with us to bring the joy of Theatre on the Hill back to the Upper Valley. We at JAG are staunchly committed to the voices and visions of tomorrow, and are delighted to have Britton & The Sting open our season!”
Green continues, “Britton Smith is a tornado of talent with energy grounded in self-love that soars beyond the stage and embraces the entire audience. He is a force to be reckoned with, and his vision is one of compassion, care, and inclusion that regards all of us. So if you plan on attending - be expected to be tested and thrilled!"
Tickets on sale Wednesday, July 20 at 12:00 PM
Tickets will be available at https://www.jagproductionsvt.com
Performances take place at King Arthur Baking Company, at 135 U.S. 5 South, in Norwich, VT 05055
The King Arthur Baking courtyard will open at 7:00 PM, and feature local food and beverages from Munchie Rollz
All performances begin at 8:00 PM
ABOUT JAG PRODUCTIONS
At the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers, which separate Abenaki land into the states of Vermont and New Hampshire, JAG has nurtured and sustained a multi-generational and multi-racial theatre company with Black artists and community organizers at its center. JAG’s mission is to bring more compassion, empathy, and love into the world by telling stories that challenge hierarchies of race, gender, class, and sexuality. These stories are written and produced by and for Black, Brown, Queer, and Trans folx and the people that love them. JAG strives to tell these crucial stories and provide an artistic sanctuary for creatives seeking rejuvenation, time for reflection, and a space in nature to develop art that will change the world. Since its founding, JAG has curated, produced, and directed contemporary and classical Black theatre to engage and sustain individual and collective transformations that unsettle hierarchies of race, gender, and sexuality. JAG’s primary programming includes: JAGfest, an annual new playwrights’ festival; Theatre on the Hill, five weekends of workshops, concerts, burlesque, and staged readings hosted on the gorgeously picturesque lawn at King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich, VT; and the JAG Musical Theatre Lab, a multi-year lab that offers audiences a new vision of American musical theater storytelling. JAG is committed to expanding its artistic development and presence in New York City as part of its strategic vision to establish greater ties with New York-based theatres and the artist community. Today, JAG Productions offers productions five months out of the year, bringing in nearly 5,000 people each season to experience dynamic artists and education programming just five minutes from Dartmouth College.
ABOUT KING ARTHUR BAKING COMPANY
King Arthur Baking Company has been sharing the joy of baking since 1790. A certified B Corp headquartered in Vermont, King Arthur is the ultimate baking resource, providing the highest quality ingredients for the most delicious baked goods. As a 100% employee-owned company, we believe in the power of baking to make a difference for our employee-owners, the larger baking community, and the planet. We strive to be a force for good in all that we do - from cultivating a workplace that embraces differences and prioritizes trust, to teaching children across the country how to bake bread from scratch, to partnering with farmers and suppliers who share our vision for a greener planet.
A MESSAGE FROM BRITTON & THE STING
Vermont - get ready! We are so excited to share what we've been cooking for you and can't believe we are only ONE DAY AWAY from opening night! It's going to be bright, big, and make you feel so damn good! We promise you!
Get your tickets NOW to see Britton and the Sting's musical revival, full of funk, feeling, and freedom.