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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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→

“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

February 3rd, 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→

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→

Ted Koch, K.K. Moggie, Jeremy Beck, Todd Lawson Cast in World Premiere of Jeff Talbott’s “The Gravedigger’s Lullaby” Off-Broadway

Ted Koch, K.K. Moggie, Jeremy Beck, Todd Lawson Cast in World Premiere of Jeff Talbott’s “The Gravedigger’s Lullaby” Off-Broadway

January 31st, 2017

Jeremy Beck, Ted Koch, Todd Lawson and K.K. Moggie populate a bleak landscape flecked with hope in the world premiere of Jeff Talbott’s new play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby directed by Jenn Thompson for Off-Broadway’s TACT. Performances begin Feb. 28 at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. Opening night is March 12 for a run to April 1. continue reading→

Jeff Talbott’s “i” Gets Pioneer Reading With Todd Gearhart, Susanna Florence, More; Wes Grantom Helms in Utah

Jeff Talbott’s “i” Gets Pioneer Reading With Todd Gearhart, Susanna Florence, More; Wes Grantom Helms in Utah

January 22nd, 2017

A new play called i, by Jeff Talbott, will be heard for the first time as part of Pioneer Theatre Company’s winter 2017 Play-by-Play new play reading series Jan. 27-28. The staged reading directed by Wes Grantom, featuring Colleen Baum, Susanna Florence, Todd Gearhart and Alexandra Harbold, gets three presentations at thecontinue 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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