Ellen Simon, daughter of the late great playwright Neil Simon, will finally see the world premiere of her play, Ass, starting Oct. 22 in a production by Pioneer Theatre Company. The drama about a famous sculptor and his family was among countless titles cancelled or postponed around the world in March 2020 when the … Read Full Article→
By Kenneth Jones
Kenneth Jones is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist, librettist and theatre advocate. 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→
New Voices Series in CT Reads Plays By Jeff Talbott, Kenneth Jones, Kevin Renn, Laura Darrell, Joe Landry
Music Theatre of Connecticut launches New Voices — a non-musical pilot program that gives a spotlight to five contemporary plays by living authors in staged readings — Oct. 11 with Jeff Talbott’s mysterious relationship drama i. The 2021-22 series also includes the comedy Hollywood, Nebraska by Kenneth Jones, Oregon by Laura Darrell, Dirty Book by… Read Full Article→
A troubled war veteran shakes the lives of residents of a South Side Chicago apartment building in Joshua Allen’s The October Storm, getting its world premiere Oct. 8-23 by Hudson Stage Company in Armonk, NY. The playwright, who is currently a writer and producer of HBO’s “In Treatment,” told me the play is a kind of … Read Full Article→
Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA, will give Alabama Story — the six-actor, one-set drama about an embattled librarian in the Deep South — its state premiere as part of the resident Equity company’s 2021-22 season. Playwright Kenneth Jones’ fact-inspired drama will be directed by Thomas W. Jones II for a run Feb. 17-March 6, 2022.
Alabama Story, playwright Kenneth Jones’ six-actor, one-set play inspired by real events that touch on censorship and Civil Rights issues in “the Deep South of the imagination,” had its world premiere in January 2015 by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT. Artistic director Karen Azenberg directed the staging, which earned rave reviews, standing ovations and … Read Full Article→
Provenance, a new play set in and around a Hoosier history museum, gets a staged reading Sept. 25 as the first title in Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 2021-22 Lab Series devoted to developing new works in Carmel, Indiana. A shocking revelation about the subject of an exhibit at the fictional Heartland Museum is at the center of … Read Full Article→
Midwest actor and playwright Adam Tran conjures the conquering mood of the Mongol Empire’s Genghis Khan in a new one-man show, Mongrel, getting an open-air world-premiere staging by Know Theatre of Cincinnati Aug. 26-Sept. 12 at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Hamilton, OH.
Tran told me that the 70-minute play is “a mythology built on … Read Full Article→