Kenneth Jones’ six-actor comedy Hollywood, Nebraska — the story of two actresses returning to their dying hometown — will get at least three “rolling world premiere” productions by American theater companies in the 2022-23 season. It’s also available for licensing in future seasons.
The contemporary play about small towns, big dreams, moving away and coming home is … Read Full Article→
I just read a rueful, charming, tough new play called Off Peak, about former lovers meeting on a train, and I knew immediately that I wanted to throw some questions at playwright Brenda Withers. I love how the play spools out in real time, asking us to lean into the details that are revealed about things … Read Full Article→
Sean Blake, Judy Fitzgerald and Jan Lucas will be the trio of Midwestern snowbirds unpacking family secrets in a May 14 developmental staged reading of Kenneth Jones’ comedy-drama Two Henrys, part of Actors Theatre of Indiana’s Lab Series of new play readings. Richard J. Roberts directs the play set at the dawn of marriage equality and … Read Full Article→
“Ah, look at all the lonely people,” a line from Lennon and McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby,” was on my mind when I read Stephen Kaplan’s quirky, sadness-tinged, four-actor comedy Tracy Jones. The new play — getting three 2022-23 productions (on four stages) in a National New Play Network “rolling world premiere” in upstate New York, Michigan and … Read Full Article→
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→
Two Henrys, a three-character comedy-drama set at the dawn of marriage equality and the dusk of the worst days of the AIDS epidemic, will be explored in a spring staged reading as part of Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 2021-22 Lab Series in Carmel, IN. Richard J. Roberts will direct the May 14, 2022, presentation, representing the … Read Full Article→
When I saw a New York City reading of a three-character pop musical called Writing Kevin Taylor a few years ago, I was certain this would be the next big little hit in regional theaters — a small-cast, one-set romantic comedy about a couple on the rocks, the agony and ecstasy of creative people, and the power of … Read Full Article→