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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Michigan Premiere of “Alabama Story” Launches Sept. 22 in Detroit; Tickets On Sale

Michigan Premiere of “Alabama Story” Launches Sept. 22 in Detroit; Tickets On Sale

August 22nd, 2016

  Alabama Story, the acclaimed historical drama by Michigan-bred playwright Kenneth Jones, will make its Wolverine State premiere Sept. 22-Oct. 9 in a staging by The Theatre Company of the University of Detroit Mercy, the lauded troupe that for 45 seasons has mixed students and professionals in award-winning hybrid-cast productions. The author will be in residencecontinue reading→

Five Characters, Five Decades, One Gay Bar: “At The Flash” Makes NYC Debut

Five Characters, Five Decades, One Gay Bar: “At The Flash” Makes NYC Debut

August 11th, 2016

At The Flash, a new one-man, five-character play that charts seismic cultural changes in recent gay American history, gets its New York City premiere Aug. 13-24 as part of the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. Set in a bar called The Flash, all of the characters from the 1960s onward are playedcontinue reading→

"Alabama Story": A New Play About Books, Race, Censorship and the American Character

August 9th, 2016

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→

Ping Pong Is Center Stage in John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen’s “ChipandGus” at FringeNYC

Ping Pong Is Center Stage in John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen’s “ChipandGus” at FringeNYC

August 8th, 2016

The fluid give-and-take of energy between actors on stage is sometimes referred to as “ping pong,” but a new FringeNYC play is taking the idea literally. A ping pong table and a fast-paced matches are featured in the new 90-minute comedy ChipandGus, by actor-writers John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen, getting acontinue reading→

Rehearsals Begin Aug. 3 for East Coast Premiere of “Alabama Story,” On Cape Cod

Rehearsals Begin Aug. 3 for East Coast Premiere of “Alabama Story,” On Cape Cod

August 3rd, 2016

The cast of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater production Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones gathers for the first time Aug. 3 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to begin building the East Coast premiere of the social-justice drama set in “the Deep South of the imagination.” WHAT artistic director Jeffry George directs. Alan Campbell, thecontinue reading→

“Alabama Story” Rehearsals Begin July 28 at Wisconsin’s Peninsula Players; Midwest Premiere Is Aug. 17

“Alabama Story” Rehearsals Begin July 28 at Wisconsin’s Peninsula Players; Midwest Premiere Is Aug. 17

July 28th, 2016

Some of Chicago’s best actors will begin conjuring the Deep South in northern Wisconsin on July 28, when rehearsals begin for the Midwest premiere of Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story. The story of a divisive politician bullying a formidable woman in power seems timely as today’s headlines, though it draws on a historic incident from 1959.continue reading→

Bess Wohl Talks Out Loud About the Return of “Small Mouth Sounds,” Her Play Set at a Silent Retreat

Bess Wohl Talks Out Loud About the Return of “Small Mouth Sounds,” Her Play Set at a Silent Retreat

July 16th, 2016

Bess Wohl’s beguiling Small Mouth Sounds, a seriocomic ensemble play about broken city folk attending a silent wellness retreat in the country, was a spring 2015 hit at Ars Nova, where the limited seating capacity of 90 made it a tough-to-get ticket. It’s now back for a commercial summer run Off-Broadway atcontinue reading→

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