By Kenneth Jones

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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→

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“Alabama Story” Enters Pandemic Age With Streamed Productions, Zoom Readings, Open-Air Concerts

“Alabama Story” Enters Pandemic Age With Streamed Productions, Zoom Readings, Open-Air Concerts

Alabama Story, the six-actor drama cited by The Washington Post for its “national relevance” — trafficking in racial tensions, bullying politicians, persecuted but persistent women, Civil Rights issues, and the continuing controversy over the Old South’s legacy — is seeing a surge of interest in the 2020 presidential election year, even as three planned productions were sidelined … Read Full Article→

“Two Henrys,” Set in Shadow of AIDS and Dawn of Marriage Equality, Gets Cape May Stage Reading

“Two Henrys,” Set in Shadow of AIDS and Dawn of Marriage Equality, Gets Cape May Stage Reading

Cape May Stage in New Jersey will stream a virtual reading of Kenneth Jones’ three-actor, one-set play Two Henrys live on Facebook 7 PM June 18 in celebration of Pride Month as part of the not-for-profit Equity company’s commitment to the development of new works. Producing artistic director Roy Steinberg will direct Annie Edgerton, Marlena Lustik and Barry Read Full Article→

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

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

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→

Greta Lambert and Christopher Gerson Are Foes in “Alabama Story” at Alabama Shakespeare Fest March 5-22

Greta Lambert and Christopher Gerson Are Foes in “Alabama Story” at Alabama Shakespeare Fest March 5-22

Alabama Shakespeare Festival has announced casting for its March 2020 production of Kenneth Jones’ six-actor social justice drama Alabama Story — the Montgomery premiere of the acclaimed play that has appeared in more than 30 cities around the nation. ASF veteran actress and associate artistic director Greta Lambert will play the embattled, real-life librarian Emily Wheelock Reed opposite … Read Full Article→

Origin of George Bernard Shaw, Playwright, Explored in Alex Webb’s “Beautiful Monster” in DC Reading

Origin of George Bernard Shaw, Playwright, Explored in Alex Webb’s “Beautiful Monster” in DC Reading

Washington Stage Guild will give playwright Alex Webb a first-listen of his new six-actor comedy Beautiful Monster, about young aspiring novelist and gadabout George Bernard Shaw in the years before he blossomed as a playwright of international renown. The DC company, devoted to “literate, challenging works,” has a long history of producing works by Shaw. Its current … Read Full Article→

Indiana Reading of “Hollywood, Nebraska” Has Dean Biasucci, Amy Bodnar, Lizzie Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald, Adam Tran, Suzanne Stark

Indiana Reading of “Hollywood, Nebraska” Has Dean Biasucci, Amy Bodnar, Lizzie Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald, Adam Tran, Suzanne Stark

National artists and resident Hoosier actors assemble starting Nov. 1 in Carmel, Indiana, for rehearsals for Kenneth Jones’ new comedy Hollywood, Nebraska, the first public staged reading in Actors Theatre of Indiana’s inaugural Lab Series that develops new works. New York City-based guest director Scott Alan Evans helms the 20-hour rehearsal/reading process which culminates in a … Read Full Article→

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