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→
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April 2018 marked a publishing milestone related to a colorful, ugly footnote that touches a variety of American subjects, from children’s literature to Civil Rights to censorship to librarianship to freedom of expression and the freedom to read. On April 30, 1958, Harper Bros. published “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” a children’s picture book many people had never heard … Read Full Article→
Kenneth Jones’ “Two Henrys,” Bittersweet Family Portrait in the Age of AIDS, Gets Alabama Workshop Staging
Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, Alabama, continues its commitment to new works in spring 2019 with a developmental production of Kenneth Jones’ Florida-set, three-character family drama Two Henrys, a play about Midwestern “snowbirds” struggling with prejudices and perceptions in the age of AIDS and marriage equality. The March 14-17 staging follows a successful RMTC run of … Read Full Article→
The swirl of wind, the chaos of rain and the roar of thunder, all capricious elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, seem to inform the twisty, whimsical nature of Lila Rose Kaplan’s new poetic two-character play The Magician’s Daughter, which borrows Prospero and daughter Miranda from the Bard’s late romance to create an intimate, contemporary family … Read Full Article→
Great Plains Theatre, the professional Equity company in Abilene, Kansas, will stage Kenneth Jones’ six-actor social justice drama Alabama Story in spring 2020, introducing Sunflower State audiences to the true story of a librarian attacked by politicians for protecting books in the Deep South of 1959.
Alabama Story will play March 20-29, 2020, in a season … Read Full Article→