South Camden Theatre Company gives Alabama Story its New Jersey premiere Sept. 15-Oct. 1, 2023. Kenneth Jones’ play based on the true story the persecuted state librarian of Alabama is getting 10 productions around the country in fall 2023, a time when librarians and libraries are under fire from conservatives who want to see access to books … Read Full Article→
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Alabama Story, playwright Kenneth Jones’ six-actor, one-set play inspired by real events that touch on censorship, book banning, freedom to read and Civil Rights issues in “the Deep South of the imagination,” had its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT. Artistic director Karen Azenberg directed the staging, which earned rave reviews, standing … Read Full Article→
Christine Toy Johnson’s play The Secret Wisdom of Trees, about a woman’s need to map her past as she faces a future with Alzheimer’s disease, will get a fresh developmental step in a reading at Sarasota’s Florida Studio Theatre Aug. 11. Johnson will be on the FST campus for rehearsals with director Carolyn Michel.
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Alabama Story, the fact-inspired censorship drama about a state senator who rattles the shelves of a librarian who protects a children’s picture book, will make its Huntsville, Alabama bow at Theatre Huntsville in the 2023-24 season. Among its more than 45 previous bookings around the nation, the acclaimed six-actor play by Kenneth Jones previously enjoyed Yellowhammer State … Read Full Article→
I’m writing this on June 25, 2023. It’s Pride Day in New York City. Every LGBTQ+ person is on their own journey. The path is rarely easy. The destination is rewarding. Chosen family can be as valuable as blood family. I am lucky to have allies on both fronts.
A couple of years ago I wrote a three-character … Read Full Article→
Hollywood, Nebraska, the rueful comedy about show people, small towns and coming home, will get a unique presentation in Canada by Naked Stage Readers Theatre, a company known for its barebones concert stagings of scripts. Kenneth Jones’ six-actor play with music about two actresses returning to their hometown for separate family emergencies will surface Feb. … Read Full Article→
Very Little Theatre, one of the oldest community theaters on the West Coast, will give Alabama Story its Oregon premiere in spring 2024 as part of a seven-title season on two stages. Stanley Coleman will direct Kenneth Jones’ six-actor censorship drama about a librarian persecuted for protecting books in a politically divided “Deep South of the imagination” … Read Full Article→