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JAGfest 5.0 Reimagined

a conversation with the artists
February 18, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Hosted season. This is an archived view.

A deep dive into JAGfest 5.0 and Black artistry, storytelling and love.

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Every winter, JAG Productions invites 30-50 artists to the snowy mountains of Vermont to develop full-length plays at their new works festival of Black Theatre, JAGfest. In its fifth year, when gathering safely isn't possible, JAG has produced a festival of short radio plays centering Love Stories, which offer critical attention to pleasure, intimacy and healing.

Join JAGfest 5.0 Founder & Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Green and Associate Producer Raven Cassell for a discussion about the festival's journey and future. They dig into the history of the radio play and offer us a window into the festival's artistic process. Along the way, they spotlight several of the festival's visionary artists, including:

  • Director Jonathan McCrory and his work as the Artistic Director of Black arts companies and what Black arts institutions need from their communities;
  • Director Shariffa Ali and her reflections on writing for the radio, Black storytelling and love and the dynamic between playwright and director; and
  • Performers Yohana Zecarias and David Glover and how they have adapted their artistry and leaned into audio performance.

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Photo courtesy of the artists

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