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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“Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets Workshop at 2017 Wyoming Theater Festival; Cast Announced

“Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets Workshop at 2017 Wyoming Theater Festival; Cast Announced

July 17th, 2017

Hollywood, Nebraska, the rueful comedy by Kenneth Jones about two fortysomething actresses who return to their small town for separate family emergencies, will be workshopped by Wyoming Theater Festival in Sheridan, WY, where the playwright will be in residence starting Aug. 18. Rehearsals and rewrites with a professional cast and creative teamcontinue reading→

“Alabama Story” Will Have At Least Six Regional Productions in 2017-18 Season

“Alabama Story” Will Have At Least Six Regional Productions in 2017-18 Season

July 14th, 2017

Kenneth Jones’ fact-inspired drama Alabama Story, the tale of a librarian persecuted by a politician in the Jim Crow South, will be produced by at least six regional theatres in the 2017-18 season. The play about Civil Rights, censorship, artistic freedom and the right to read — to say nothing of thecontinue reading→

Charlotte Ahlin’s “The Summoning,” Mixing College Co-Eds and Occult-Flirting, Conjured in NYC July 14-15

Charlotte Ahlin’s “The Summoning,” Mixing College Co-Eds and Occult-Flirting, Conjured in NYC July 14-15

July 14th, 2017

The Summoning, playwright Charlotte Ahlin’s darkly comic new play about three college-age women toying with the occult as they stand on the brink of adulthood, gets a staging in SheNYC Summer Theater Festival July 14-15 at the Connelly Theatre in the East Village. Fat Knight Theatre produces the play. Check out my Q&A with thecontinue reading→

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

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

June 30th, 2017

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→

2017 NewTACTics Playwrights Are Enid Graham, Patricia Cotter, Adi Hanash, Patrick Vassel, Scott Alan Evans, Jeffrey Couchman

2017 NewTACTics Playwrights Are Enid Graham, Patricia Cotter, Adi Hanash, Patrick Vassel, Scott Alan Evans, Jeffrey Couchman

May 16th, 2017

NewTACTics, the new play reading series by Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, will welcome four plays and six playwrights into its seventh annual New Play Festival June 7-29. The four new scripts heard over four weeks are Enid Graham’s Ruth; Scott Alan Evans & Jeffrey Couchman’s Three Wise Guys; Patricia Cotter’s continue reading→

Alex Webb’s Two-Actor Civil War Drama, “Amelia,” Is Published By Samuel French

Alex Webb’s Two-Actor Civil War Drama, “Amelia,” Is Published By Samuel French

May 12th, 2017

Amelia, the gritty Civil War-set romance by Alex Webb that maps the journey of a young wife who disguises herself as a man and goes behind enemy lines to find her Union Army husband, is now a licensable property from Samuel French. The two-hander earned positive ink for its stagings in DC,continue reading→

“Alabama Story” Will Get Its California Premiere in 2018

“Alabama Story” Will Get Its California Premiere in 2018

April 20th, 2017

City Lights Theater Company, the resident professional theater in San Jose, CA, will produce the West Coast premiere of Kenneth Jones’ six-actor drama Alabama Story, introducing California audiences to the little-known true story of a Montgomery librarian who stands up to a state senator intent on banning a children’s book in thecontinue reading→

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