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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“The Green,” Owen Thompson’s Vietnam-Set Play, Has NYC Reading Dec. 11

“The Green,” Owen Thompson’s Vietnam-Set Play, Has NYC Reading Dec. 11

December 5th, 2016

Owen Thompson’s new play The Green, charting the machinations of a handful of U.S. soldiers at the end of the Vietnam War, will get a reading in The Workshop Theater’s Sundays@Six reading series 6:30 PM Dec. 11 in Manhattan. Here’s how the six-character play is billed: “At the bitter end of the Vietnamcontinue reading→

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

December 2nd, 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, standing ovationscontinue reading→

American Holiday Musical “Another Night Before Christmas” Lights Up in London Premiere

American Holiday Musical “Another Night Before Christmas” Lights Up in London Premiere

November 28th, 2016

Another Night Before Christmas, a two-character holiday musical that premiered in America’s heartland and has been seen in nearly 20 productions around the country, gets its U.K. premiere at Bridge House Theatre in London Nov. 28-Dec. 23. The whimsical musical by American writers Sean Grennan (book and lyrics) and Leah Okimoto (music) features Olivier Award-winning actor continue reading→

Kenneth Jones’ “Two Henrys” Gets L.A. Workshop at Pacific Resident Theatre, With Lesley Fera, Suzanne Ford, Ned Mochel

Kenneth Jones’ “Two Henrys” Gets L.A. Workshop at Pacific Resident Theatre, With Lesley Fera, Suzanne Ford, Ned Mochel

October 18th, 2016

The Co-Op of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA, is presenting a workshop run of Kenneth Jones’ family dramedy Two Henrys Oct. 27-Nov. 13. Ann Bronston directs a cast featuring Lesley Fera, Suzanne Ford and Ned Mochel. The play is “set somewhere between the dusk of the worst days of the AIDScontinue reading→

New Plays By Jeff Talbott, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and Eric Samuelsen Get Voice in Pioneer’s Play-By-Play Series

New Plays By Jeff Talbott, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and Eric Samuelsen Get Voice in Pioneer’s Play-By-Play Series

October 13th, 2016

The 2016-17 Play-By-Play Reading Series by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City will feature Requiem for August Moon by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, i by Jeff Talbott and The Ice Front by Utah playwright Eric Samuelsen. The fourth season of public readings, with playwrights in residence for a 29-hour rehearsal process towardcontinue reading→

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Jeff Talbott’s "The Gravedigger’s Lullaby" To Premiere Off-Broadway in 2017; Jenn Thompson Directs

July 11th, 2016

Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre will present the world premiere of Jeff Talbott’s The Gravedigger’s Lullaby starting in February 2017 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. Jenn Thompson (TACT’s Abundance and Eccentricities of a Nightingale; Mint Theatre Company’s Women Without Men) will direct the bruising work, about a laborer at acontinue reading→

Kenneth Jones’ “Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets NYC Reading With Seth Bridges, Nora Chester, Shannon Koob, Alycia Kunkle, Alex Webb, Lynn Wright

Kenneth Jones’ “Hollywood, Nebraska” Gets NYC Reading With Seth Bridges, Nora Chester, Shannon Koob, Alycia Kunkle, Alex Webb, Lynn Wright

June 12th, 2016

Playwright Kenneth Jones will map out his new serious comedy, Hollywood, Nebraska — about two actresses returning to their shared small-town roots for separate family emergencies — in a 29-hour reading process directed by Susan Fenichell, culminating in two free public presentations 7 PM June 15-16 as part of the 2016 editioncontinue reading→

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