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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Playwright Shelley McPherson Takes a Stab a Theatrical Workplace Harassment in “Knifeplay”

Playwright Shelley McPherson Takes a Stab a Theatrical Workplace Harassment in “Knifeplay”

January 13th, 2018

Workplace harassment is center stage — literally — in Shelley McPherson’s timely new backstage drama Knifeplay, getting a reading Jan. 13 in Boomerang Theatre Company’s First Flight Reading Series in Manhattan. An actress in a Broadway revival finds herself dealing with unsafe conditions when her co-star brings a knife to rehearsal. Power,continue 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 5th, 2018

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→

Cast and Creatives Announced for World Premiere of Jeff Talbott’s “i” at Pioneer Theatre Co.

Cast and Creatives Announced for World Premiere of Jeff Talbott’s “i” at Pioneer Theatre Co.

January 2nd, 2018

Colleen Baum, Todd Gearhart, Kathleen McElfresh and Nafeesa Monroe will populate Pioneer Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of Jeff Talbott’s drama i in Salt Lake City. PTC artistic director Karen Azenberg will direct the mysterious boy-meets-girl story for a Feb. 16-March 3, 2018, run. The resident Equity company in Utah first developed the dramacontinue reading→

“Alabama Story” Will Get Its Alabama Premiere in Human Rights Festival in Birmingham

“Alabama Story” Will Get Its Alabama Premiere in Human Rights Festival in Birmingham

December 11th, 2017

Alabama Story, the six-actor play by Kenneth Jones that sheds a light on American character through the lens of the Deep South of the Civil Rights era, will get its Alabama debut — in Birmingham in March 2018 — as part of Red Mountain Theatre Company’s first Human Rights New Works Festival. Thiscontinue reading→

“Alabama Story” Will Get Texas Premiere in Austin in 2018

“Alabama Story” Will Get Texas Premiere in Austin in 2018

November 27th, 2017

Alabama Story, the six-actor drama by Kenneth Jones in which real and fictional characters leap off the history pages and into “the Deep South of the imagination,” will get its Texas premiere in spring 2018 by Southwest Theatre Productions in Austin. Artistic director Kat Sparks will direct the play. Exact dates, cast andcontinue reading→

Cast Announced for West Coast Premiere of “Alabama Story” at San Jose’s City Lights

Cast Announced for West Coast Premiere of “Alabama Story” at San Jose’s City Lights

November 22nd, 2017

The West Coast premiere of Alabama Story, Kenneth Jones’ social-justice drama set in “the Deep South of the imagination,” will feature Karen DeHart, Erik Gandolfi, Bezachin Jifar, Steve Lambert, Maria Marquis and Jeremy Ryan at City Lights Theater Company’s home in San Jose. Artistic director Lisa Mallette will direct Jan. 18-Feb. 18, 2018. Thecontinue reading→

Cast and Creatives Announced for Tennessee Premiere of “Alabama Story”

Cast and Creatives Announced for Tennessee Premiere of “Alabama Story”

November 8th, 2017

David Brian Alley, Jade Arnold, Katie Cunningham, Chris Klopatek, Brian Mani and Brittany Marie Pirozzoli will appear in the Southeastern premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones at the Clarence Brown Theatre, the resident Equity company of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Jan. 31-Feb. 18, 2018. Associate professor Kate Buckley directs the social-justice drama set in “thecontinue reading→

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