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 plays, musicals, creative people, places and events, and as an archive of some of his past reporting. His works for the stage include continue→
December 5th, 2013
Part of the mission of Triad Stage, the ambitious American resident theatre headquartered in Greensboro, NC, is to promote a regional voice — reviving or creating stage literature that reflects the color and heritage of the Carolinas and the South.
Its latest new work, Snow Queen, by founding artistic director Preston Lane (who<><><><><>continue reading→
November 30th, 2013
Stars of David: Story to Song, a new musical that mixes comic, rueful and ruminative songs about how prominent Jews approach Judaism, is in the middle of a five-week run at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre, now to Dec. 15. I spoke to director Gordon Greenberg, co-conceiver Abigail Pogrebin and producer Daryl Roth about<><><>continue reading→
November 13th, 2013
Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, puts a distinctly folky mountain spin on a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Dec. 1-22 with the world premiere of Snow Queen by founding artistic director Preston Lane, with original music by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett.
With this "Appalachian adventure," as the work is billed, Lane and Dossett<><><><><><><>continue reading→
November 8th, 2013
PS Classics, the record label devoted to the heritage of theatre music and American popular song, turns its attention to Dorothy Fields in its latest album by singer Philip Chaffin, "Somethin' Real Special: The Songs of Dorothy Fields." PS Classics gave me permission to reprint the liner notes by Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist<><><>continue reading→
October 14th, 2013
Alabama Story, the new history-inspired six-actor play by Kenneth Jones, is one of three plays announced to be presented in Pioneer Theatre Company's inaugural Play-by-Play new-play reading series in Salt Lake City in early 2014.
PTC artistic director Karen Azenberg, who directed the play in a reading as part of the Southern Writers'<><><><><><>continue reading→