Kenneth Jones is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist and freelance theatre journalist. ByKennethJones.com is the official website about his creative work, but it also serves as a blog about new American plays and musicals, dramatists, theatre people, creative expression and events, and as an archive of some of his past reporting.  His works for the stage include continue→

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Bess Wohl Talks Out Loud About the Return of “Small Mouth Sounds,” Her Play Set at a Silent Retreat

Bess Wohl Talks Out Loud About the Return of “Small Mouth Sounds,” Her Play Set at a Silent Retreat

July 16th, 2016

Bess Wohl’s beguiling Small Mouth Sounds, a seriocomic ensemble play about broken city folk attending a silent wellness retreat in the country, was a spring 2015 hit at Ars Nova, where the limited seating capacity of 90 made it a tough-to-get ticket. It’s now back for a commercial summer run Off-Broadway atcontinue reading→

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Jeff Talbott’s "The Gravedigger’s Lullaby" To Premiere Off-Broadway in 2017; Jenn Thompson Directs

July 11th, 2016

Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre will present the world premiere of Jeff Talbott’s The Gravedigger’s Lullaby starting in February 2017 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. Jenn Thompson (TACT’s Abundance and Eccentricities of a Nightingale; Mint Theatre Company’s Women Without Men) will direct the bruising work, about a laborer at acontinue reading→

"Alabama Story": A New Play About Books, Race, Censorship and the American Character

June 29th, 2016

Alabama Story, playwright Kenneth Jones' new six-actor play inspired by real events that touch on Civil Rights and censorship issues in "the Deep South of the imagination," had its world premiere Jan. 9-24, 2015, at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT. Artistic director Karen Azenberg directed the production, which earned rave reviews, standingcontinue reading→

Kate Robin Talks About “Mr. Bigger’s Baby,” Her “Traumedy” Getting a TACT Reading June 29-30

Kate Robin Talks About “Mr. Bigger’s Baby,” Her “Traumedy” Getting a TACT Reading June 29-30

June 28th, 2016

Mr. Bigger’s Baby, Kate Robin’s serious comedy about the life of a family seen in the context of an ailing patriarch, gets two public reading presentations in Manhattan June 29-30 as the final title in the 2016 NewTACTics New Play Festival from Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. “This play was born out ofcontinue reading→

Kenneth Jones’ “Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets NYC Reading With Seth Bridges, Nora Chester, Shannon Koob, Alycia Kunkle, Alex Webb, Lynn Wright

Kenneth Jones’ “Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets NYC Reading With Seth Bridges, Nora Chester, Shannon Koob, Alycia Kunkle, Alex Webb, Lynn Wright

June 12th, 2016

Playwright Kenneth Jones will map out his new serious comedy, Hollywood, Nebraska — about two actresses returning to their shared small-town roots for separate family emergencies — in a 29-hour reading process directed by Susan Fenichell, culminating in two free public presentations 7 PM June 15-16 as part of the 2016 editioncontinue reading→

“Three Rules for the Dragon,” Jeff Talbott’s New Play About a Suspected Terrorist and a Distracted CIA Agent, Gets NJ Reading June 17-19

“Three Rules for the Dragon,” Jeff Talbott’s New Play About a Suspected Terrorist and a Distracted CIA Agent, Gets NJ Reading June 17-19

June 11th, 2016

Jeff Talbott’s new play Three Rules for the Dragon, about a law enforcement interrogator pulled between his gruesome work and his domestic life, is being investigated in rehearsals toward a public reading by Premiere Stages the week of June 13 in Union, New Jersey. Busy New York City director Wes Grantom directs a castcontinue reading→

New Plays By Kenneth Jones, Jeff Keilholtz, Kate Robin and Jeff Talbott Set for NewTACTics Reading Series in June

New Plays By Kenneth Jones, Jeff Keilholtz, Kate Robin and Jeff Talbott Set for NewTACTics Reading Series in June

June 2nd, 2016

Kenneth Jones’ new play Hollywood, Nebraska, a rueful comedy about two fortysomething actresses and former schoolmates returning to their small-town roots for separate family emergencies, is one of four titles in the June 2016 NewTACTics New Play Festival June 8-30 in Manhattan. The series presented by Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre kickscontinue reading→

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