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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College Troupers Cram for Jeff Talbott’s “Civics and Humanities,” a World Premiere at Montclair State University

College Troupers Cram for Jeff Talbott’s “Civics and Humanities,” a World Premiere at Montclair State University

April 17th, 2018

Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, the new play by Jeff Talbott teeming with college-age characters trying to form student organizations in two eras, in 1976 and 2016, gets its world premiere April 18-22 as the inaugural commission in The New Works Initiative (NWI) at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Visiting guest directorcontinue reading→

“Alabama Story,” Ripe With American Themes, Extends to April 22 in DC Premiere

“Alabama Story,” Ripe With American Themes, Extends to April 22 in DC Premiere

April 16th, 2018

A true story of censorship and Civil Rights leaps from the pages of history and into its Washington, DC premiere in Washington Stage Guild’s production of Kenneth Jones’ six-actor play, Alabama Story at the Undercroft Theatre. It began March 22 and was planned to April 15, but a one-week extension to April 22continue reading→

Family Tragedy Inspires Kelli Colaco’s Folk Drama “you are my sunshine” in San Francisco

Family Tragedy Inspires Kelli Colaco’s Folk Drama “you are my sunshine” in San Francisco

April 15th, 2018

Kelli Kerslake Colaco’s fact-inspired crime drama with folk songs, you are my sunshine, will get a six-performance Equity developmental staging in San Francisco by Alma Theatre Company April 19-28. The playwright, who co-directs with Cristina Anselmo, took a page from her own painful, if distant, family history for the drama about acontinue reading→

“Alabama Story” To Play Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in 2019; Paul Mason Barnes Directs

“Alabama Story” To Play Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in 2019; Paul Mason Barnes Directs

February 26th, 2018

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will produce Kenneth Jones’ censorship-and-social-justice drama Alabama Story in January 2019, marking the 60th anniversary of the real-life controversy that inspired the six-actor play. When the Civil Rights movement was catching fire in Montgomery in 1959, politicians sought to purge what they perceived as pro-integration books fromcontinue 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→

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