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 Washington, D.C. Premiere in March 2018

“Alabama Story” Will Get Washington, D.C. Premiere in March 2018

September 16th, 2017

A bullying politician and formidable lady librarian are going to clash in the nation’s capital in 2017-18. Washington Stage Guild, the resident DC company known for presenting “literate, challenging works,” will produce the area premiere of Kenneth JonesAlabama Story in spring 2018. The fact-based drama’s central character — a state librariancontinue 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→

Women Swing for the Fences in Gabrielle Sinclair’s Vassar-Set Baseball Play “The Resolute”

Women Swing for the Fences in Gabrielle Sinclair’s Vassar-Set Baseball Play “The Resolute”

August 17th, 2017

Playwright Gabrielle Sinclair went rooting through the pages of Vassar College’s archives in preparation to write her new female-cast play, The Resolute, about the formation of a women’s baseball team on the campus of the esteemed institution. Set in the 1860s, the coming-of-age play about sisterhood, role models, team-building and identity willcontinue 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 5th, 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→

Alex Webb’s Two-Actor Civil War Drama, “Amelia,” Is Published By Samuel French

Alex Webb’s Two-Actor Civil War Drama, “Amelia,” Is Published By Samuel French

May 12th, 2017

Amelia, the gritty Civil War-set romance by Alex Webb that maps the journey of a young wife who disguises herself as a man and goes behind enemy lines to find her Union Army husband, is now a licensable property from Samuel French. The two-hander earned positive ink for its stagings in DC,continue 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

April 17th, 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→

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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