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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Marionettes Are Parents in Stephen Kaplan’s “A Real Boy,” a Tale of Puppets and Prejudice

Marionettes Are Parents in Stephen Kaplan’s “A Real Boy,” a Tale of Puppets and Prejudice

August 4th, 2017

A kindergartner’s classroom behavior catches the eye of a meddling teacher in Stephen Kaplan’s A Real Boy, getting its world premiere at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan. Turns out, young Max has special adoptive parents — they’re puppets — and the “other” nature of mom and dad raises tensions at home, at schoolcontinue reading→

Kenneth Jones' “Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets Workshop at 2017 Wyoming Theater Festival

Kenneth Jones' “Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets Workshop at 2017 Wyoming Theater Festival

August 1st, 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”: A New Play About Books, Race, Censorship and the American Character

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

August 1st, 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→

Damon Runyon & Frank Loesser Are Together Again in Mark Saltzman’s New Musical “Another Roll of the Dice”

Damon Runyon & Frank Loesser Are Together Again in Mark Saltzman’s New Musical “Another Roll of the Dice”

July 31st, 2017

Another Roll of the Dice, the new musical by librettist Mark Saltzman, might as well be called More Guys and Dolls. Like the beloved hit musical Guys and Dolls, it marries songs by Frank Loesser and characters created by Damon Runyon, whose short stories were populated with shady, colorful denizens who hauntcontinue reading→

Ben Strothmann Drags Out His Childhood Diaries in Solo Show Debut “Virtual Memory”

Ben Strothmann Drags Out His Childhood Diaries in Solo Show Debut “Virtual Memory”

July 30th, 2017

You might know Ben Strothmann as a keen-eyed photographer, capturing the essence of performers for headshots, album covers and theatrical productions in New York City. Or you may know him for his smoky-eyed drag persona Honey LaBronx, whose “Big Fat Vegan Radio” podcasts and “Vegan Drag Queen” videos are popular with toocontinue 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→

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