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Saturday, October 16, 2021

In “Ass,” Playwright Ellen Simon Takes a Page From Dad Neil Simon’s Play Book by Kenneth Jones

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 ab…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 01:55PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Jean Tafler and John Ahlin Conjure “Oz” Actress Margaret Hamilton in New Play “My Witch” by Kenneth Jones

The famously hawk-nosed actress Margaret Hamilton — best known as The Wicked Witch in the film “The Wizard of Oz,” but employed for decades as a treasured character actress — gets a …

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 08:01PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

New Voices Series in CT Reads Plays By Jeff Talbott, Kenneth Jones, Kevin Renn, Laura Darrell, Joe Landry by Kenneth Jones

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 …

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 03:07PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

World Premiere of Joshua Allen’s “The October Storm” Brews at Hudson Stage Company by Kenneth Jones

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 Co…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 11:47AM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

“Alabama Story” Will Get Peach State Premiere by Georgia Ensemble in 2022 by Kenneth Jones

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 residen…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 04:23PM
Monday, September 20, 2021

A History Museum’s Foundation Is Shaken in Ethan Mathias’ New Drama “Provenance” by Kenneth Jones

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…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 11:55PM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Actor-Writer Adam Tran Sees Genghis Khan Through Asian-American Lens in “Mongrel” Premiere by Kenneth Jones

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 T…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 05:05PM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

In Missouri, First Lanford Wilson Festival Develops Five New Plays Aimed for College Life by Kenneth Jones

The First Annual Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival welcomes playwrights, other theater practitioners, students and theatergoers from around country to shine a spotlight on new works …

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 09:53PM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Great Barrington Public Theater Has New Plays by Mark St. Germain and Anne Undeland, With Mark H. Dold, Larry Bryggman, More by Kenneth Jones

New plays by Mark St. Germain and Anne Undeland will enliven Great Barrington Public Theater’s summer 2021 season in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Six weeks of performances — includin…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 02:56PM
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Playwright Dave Osmundsen Flips a “Light Switch,” Illuminating a Queer Autistic Experience by Kenneth Jones

A few years ago when a play of mine was being produced by Florida Studio Theatre, a twentysomething intern named Dave Osmundsen picked me up at the airport and we got to chatting about plays…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 11:27PM
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Wisconsin Characters of “Two Henrys” Get a Voice at Third Avenue Playhouse in June by Kenneth Jones

Two Henrys, Kenneth Jones’ three-character humor-laced drama about Wisconsin snowbirds dealing with grief, guilt, prejudice and perceptions in Florida, is among titles featured in PlayWork…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 02:36PM
Monday, January 18, 2021

“Alabama Story” Makes Its Professional Streaming Premiere Via Actors Theatre of Indiana by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Story, the six-actor/one-set social justice drama by Kenneth Jones, will make its professional streaming debut Jan. 18-Feb. 14, 2021, when Actors Theatre of Indiana offers an on-dem…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 02:37PM
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Greta Lambert Is Dickens, Scrooge, Et Al, in Her Adaptation of “Carol” for Alabama Shakespeare Festival by Kenneth Jones

Simply put, Greta Lambert is one of the great things to happen to regional theater. If you don’t know her work, you’re in luck: The veteran Alabama actress who has spent 35 years working…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 05:29PM
Friday, September 25, 2020

Oak Ridge Playhouse Gives “Alabama Story” Its Streaming Premiere Sept. 25-Oct. 4 by Kenneth Jones

Oak Ridge Playhouse, the 77-year-old civic theater in eastern Tennessee, got more creative than usual for the year of COVID 19. Executive artistic director Reggie Law conceived a production …

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 03:17PM
Friday, August 28, 2020

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

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, Ci…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 07:20PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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

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…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 01:37PM

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

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…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 01:37PM
Friday, May 8, 2020

Revisit Playbill's 2001 Interview With By Jeeves Star John Scherer Before Streaming the Musical by Kenneth Jones

The adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's classic tales opened at the Helen Hayes in 2001, and can be streamed though May 10 on composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's YouTube Channel The Shows Must Go On.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:32AM
Sunday, April 5, 2020

Stephanie J. Block and Hadley Fraser Opened in The Pirate Queen April 5, 2007 by Kenneth Jones

The epic musical, drawn from Irish history by the creators of Les Misérables and Riverdance, was directed by Frank Galati.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:37AM
Sunday, March 22, 2020

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and More Broadway Songwriters Choose Their Most Cherished Sondheim Songs by Kenneth Jones

To mark the 80th birthday of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim in 2010, Playbill.com asked Broadway songwriters to do the impossible—pick their favorite songs by the master. A decade late…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:42PM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

“Alabama Story” Goes to College in Arkansas and High School in Virginia by Kenneth Jones

Of the many gratifying experiences I’ve had witnessing the regional life of my play Alabama Story since 2015, I’m uniquely touched by the college and high school productions that have su…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 12:12PM
Thursday, February 6, 2020

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

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 year…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 03:29PM
Friday, January 31, 2020

“Rattler,” Lindsay Adams’ Assault Drama That Up-Ends Idea of Believing Women, Gets Indiana Reading by Kenneth Jones

The inaugural TheatreLab series of new plays developed in readings by Actors Theatre of Indiana continues Feb. 4 with the presentation of Lindsay Adams’ drama Rattler, about a support grou…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 01:25PM
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Greta Lambert and Christopher Gerson Are Foes in “Alabama Story” at Alabama Shakespeare Fest; Casting Announced by Kenneth Jones

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…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 01:18PM

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

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…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 01:18PM
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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

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 i…

SOURCE: bykennethjones.com at 07:21PM
Friday, December 20, 2019

“Alabama Story” Will Play Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in 2020 by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Story, the true tale of a librarian who was persecuted in the Deep South for her commitment to the freedom to read, will be produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and M…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 12:27PM
Saturday, December 7, 2019

“The Messenger,” Jeff Talbott’s New Play Inspired by an Ibsen Classic, Gets 2020 Reading in Utah by Kenneth Jones

Henrik Ibsen’s classic 1882 play An Enemy of the People, about civic responsibility, greed, mob mentality and public health, gets a fresh spin in Jeff Talbott’s new drama The Messenger, …

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 02:16PM
Monday, November 18, 2019

Tennessee Will Hear “Alabama Story” in 2020 in Cumberland County Playhouse Season by Kenneth Jones

Cumberland County Playhouse will conjure “the Deep South of the imagination” in fall 2020 with a new Tennessee production of Alabama Story, the fact-inspired drama about a children’s b…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 11:36PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019

UC Santa Barbara Explores “What Martha Did,” Enid Graham’s Family Mystery by Kenneth Jones

Playwright Enid Graham is enjoying a unique launch pad for her play, What Martha Did, in the University of California Santa Barbara program called, aptly, Launch Pad, which develops full pro…

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 09:49AM
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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

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 …

SOURCE: By Kenneth Jones at 04:38PM

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