Young Theater Co. Wins New England Award

  • The JAG Productions Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Green watches a scene of Choir Boy during technical rehearsal at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vt. Wednesday, November 2, 2016. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JAG Productions, the White River Junction-based theater company that’s also the first black theater company in Vermont, received this year’s Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference, JAG announced in a news release last week.

The award recognizes JAG Productions, which recently rounded off its inaugural season, for pursuing theatrical excellence and for its contributions to the New England arts scene. The New England Theatre Conference, a Hamden, Conn.-based nonprofit industry group, presents this award each year as part of its mission to support and celebrate American theater.

Jarvis Antonio Green founded JAG in 2016 in part to bring diversity to Upper Valley theater, especially by shining a spotlight on the African-American experience. In its first season, JAG staged Choir Boy, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play set in a prep school for young black men, at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction; Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, a nod to Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine, at Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre; and August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, set on the brink of the civil rights movement, also at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

JAG has also developed outreach programs, including a student matinee program that allows middle- and high-schoolers to attend JAG shows for free, and presented JAGFest, a festival celebrating new works by African-American playwrights, in Pomfret and Woodstock.

JAG Productions is fundraising for its second season and aims to raise $45,000 of its $100,000 goal by the end of the year. To learn more about JAG or to donate, visit www.jagproductionsvt.com.