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 Texas Premiere in Austin in Summer 2018

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

February 16th, 2018

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 summer 2018 by Southwest Theatre Productions in Austin. Artistic director Kat Sparks will direct the play. Exact dates, cast andcontinue 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 14th, 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→

“The Gravedigger’s Lullaby,” Jeff Talbott's Gritty Drama, Published and Available for Licensing

“The Gravedigger’s Lullaby,” Jeff Talbott's Gritty Drama, Published and Available for Licensing

February 10th, 2018

Jeff Talbott’s The Gravedigger’s Lullaby, the new four-actor drama about hardscrabble lives and an opportunity to crawl out of the dirt, has been published by Dramatic Publishing and is now available for worldwide licensing following its Off-Broadway world premiere last season. Learn more information and get a perusal copy of the play here. The plaintivecontinue 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 15th, 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→

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” 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→

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

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

September 6th, 2017

Hollywood, Nebraska, the rueful new 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 creativecontinue reading→

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