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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Charlotte Ahlin’s New Play “The Summoning” Mixes College Co-Eds and Demon-Conjuring

Charlotte Ahlin’s New Play “The Summoning” Mixes College Co-Eds and Demon-Conjuring

January 5th, 2017

The Summoning, actor-playwright Charlotte Ahlin’s darkly comic new play about three college-age women flirting with the occult as they stand on the brink of adulthood, gets a developmental production in New York Theater Festival’s Winterfest Theater Festival Jan. 19, 21 and 22, 2017, at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Fat Knight Theatre producescontinue 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

January 4th, 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→

Kenneth Jones’ “Two Henrys,” a Tale of Family Prejudice and Perceptions, Gets Hudson Stage Co. Reading

Kenneth Jones’ “Two Henrys,” a Tale of Family Prejudice and Perceptions, Gets Hudson Stage Co. Reading

December 23rd, 2016

Hudson Stage Company, the resident Equity theatre that embraces contemporary plays and develops new works in Westchester County, NY, will give voice to Kenneth Jones’ family drama Two Henrys in a reading Feb. 10, 2017. The presentation will offer the latest revision of a script first presented in Pioneer Theatre Company’s continue reading→

Choreographer Denis Jones Talks About the “Holiday Inn” Number That Everybody’s Talking About

Choreographer Denis Jones Talks About the “Holiday Inn” Number That Everybody’s Talking About

December 16th, 2016

It was still early in the 2016-17 Broadway season, during September previews of Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical at Studio 54, that a musical number emerged as an instant classic of the musical comedy form. That roar you hear every night from midtown is the wild response to the companycontinue reading→

Dear Santa: “Naughty/Nice,” Wickedly Funny Holiday Musical, Gets Licensing Launch in Ohio

Dear Santa: “Naughty/Nice,” Wickedly Funny Holiday Musical, Gets Licensing Launch in Ohio

December 6th, 2016

Naughty/Nice, the musical comedy revue featuring four adult performers playing a multitude of twisted and desperate children writing letters to Santa Claus, begins its licensing life Dec. 9 when Perrysburg Musical Theatre produces the show for one night only. The revue is available from publisher Steele Spring Stage Rights in 90- andcontinue 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→

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→

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