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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“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→

“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

April 19th, 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→

Oakland University’s Theatre Program Honors Alumni Kenneth Jones for Playwriting

Oakland University’s Theatre Program Honors Alumni Kenneth Jones for Playwriting

April 18th, 2017

The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, surprised me this year with an Alumni Achievement Award in Theatre as part of its 18th annual MaTilDa Awards honoring “outstanding contributions from music, theater and dance students, alumni and distinguished community members.” The honor, being presented oncontinue reading→

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s “Everything That’s Beautiful” Makes a Splash in San Francisco World Premiere

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s “Everything That’s Beautiful” Makes a Splash in San Francisco World Premiere

March 25th, 2017

A family’s journey toward wholeness in a household that includes a mermaid-obsessed transgender child is at the heart of Everything That’s Beautiful, a new play by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, getting its world premiere by San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. Performances began March 17 for a run through April 23. NCTC founder andcontinue reading→

Jeff Talbott’s New Play “i” Will Get World Premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company

Jeff Talbott’s New Play “i” Will Get World Premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company

March 11th, 2017

Jeff Talbott’s latest play, i, will get its world premiere in the 2017-18 season of Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT. The resident Equity company first developed the drama — a mysterious boy-meets-girl story — in January 2017 in its Play-by-Play new play reading series. The full production on Pioneer’s mainstagecontinue reading→

Tense Wedding Day of Playwright’s Parents Inspires New Comedy “Divinity Place”

Tense Wedding Day of Playwright’s Parents Inspires New Comedy “Divinity Place”

February 20th, 2017

The scandal of marrying out of your faith — Catholic girl loves Protestant boy! — is at the heart of a new charm-bomb comedy called Divinity Place, one of the recently added titles to the catalog of Steele Spring Stage Rights, the rising licensing agent/publisher. The characters and events created by playwrightcontinue reading→

Hudson Stage Reading of “Two Henrys” Has Susan Pellegrino, James Lloyd Reynolds, Finnerty Steeves Feb. 10

Hudson Stage Reading of “Two Henrys” Has Susan Pellegrino, James Lloyd Reynolds, Finnerty Steeves Feb. 10

February 2nd, 2017

Hudson Stage Company’s Feb. 10 reading of Kenneth Jones’ three-character family drama Two Henrys will feature HSC veteran Susan Pellegrino as grieving Florida matriarch Constance, who is confronted by an unexpected guest at her husband’s wake. James Lloyd Reynolds plays the interloper, Henry, and Finnerty Steeves plays Constance’s boozy daughter, Amy, herselfcontinue reading→

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