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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Brian James Polak Reconsiders Wilder’s New England in “Welcome to Keene, NH,” Premiering in 2020 by Kenneth Jones

If you care about playwriting, you probably listen — or you should be listening — to the valuable podcast called “The Subtext,” hosted by Chicago-based playwright Brian James Polak, …

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Jean Tafler and John Ahlin Conjure Character 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 …

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Monday, May 20, 2019

In Her New Play, “Ripped,” Rachel Bublitz Explores the Murky Reality of a Campus Rape by Kenneth Jones

The title word of Rachel Bublitz’s stark new three-character play, Ripped, has multiple meanings as it explores layers of truth about the sexual assault of a college student named Lucy. Th…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

“A Public Education,” Jeff Talbott’s Pulse-Taking of Teachers, Gets Out of Box Staging in Georgia by Kenneth Jones

Out of Box Theatre, the Marietta, Georgia company devoted to contemporary plays and musicals in an intimate setting, is giving Jeff Talbott’s six-actor play A Public Education a full produ…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jon Marans’ “home sick,” Story of Family, Trauma and Memory, Gets Bay Area Reading April 27 by Kenneth Jones

Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Marans’ new four-character play home sick – an American haunting is the latest script getting developed in Alma Theatre Company’s Fresh, Raw and Wild Equity…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Tira Palmquist’s “The Way North,” a Play of Police, Poetry, Race and Responsibility, Gets Pioneer Theatre Reading by Kenneth Jones

Playwright Tira Palmquist explores tough choices — personal and professional — made by law enforcement officers in her new four-character play The Way North, which is getting a developme…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Alabama Story” To Get Hoosier Premiere at Actors Theatre of Indiana in Fall 2019 by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Story, the fact-inspired six-actor drama about an Indiana librarian who made international headlines when she stood up for the freedom to read in the segregated Deep South, will make…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

In Arizona, Emerson Theater Collaborative Tells “Alabama Story,” a Tale of Hate in a Time of Social Change by Kenneth Jones

Emerson Theater Collaborative, the boutique bicoastal company devoted to innovative, socially relevant and thought-provoking theater, is presenting a weekend run of Kenneth Jones’ six-acto…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

In “Small Jokes About Monsters,” Playwright Steven Strafford Imagines “What Ifs” of Family History by Kenneth Jones

Humor is the unexpected thread that holds together compelling elements of sexual trauma, family memory, addiction and legacy in Steven Strafford’s arresting new ensemble play Small Jokes A…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Lila Rose Kaplan Pulls Back the Curtain On Her New Play “The Magician’s Daughter” by Kenneth Jones

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 …

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

“Alabama Story” Will Get Kansas Premiere at Great Plains Theatre in 2020 by Kenneth Jones

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…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“The Fifth Domain,” Victor Lesniewski’s Cyber Espionage Play, Gets Utah Reading; Kareem Fahmy Directs by Kenneth Jones

Playwright Victor Lesniewski draws on his tech background — an engineering degree and a job in network security and cryptography — for his new play, The Fifth Domain, which is enjoying d…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Art Imitates Art: A Powerful Exhibit Reflects Themes of “Alabama Story” Drama in St. Louis by Kenneth Jones

One of the extraordinary experiences that I had during the launch of my play Alabama Story at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in early January was experiencing a juried art exhibit of works t…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cast and Creatives Announced for “Alabama Story” at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis by Kenneth Jones

Tony Award nominee Jeanne Paulsen will play a formidable librarian in the crosshairs of a bullying politician played by Carl Palmer in Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ new production of Ken…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

“Alabama Story” Will Do a Scriptease at Iowa Stage in Des Moines by Kenneth Jones

Iowa Stage Theatre Company, the resident professional theater in Des Moines, has added the six-actor drama Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones to its 2018-19 Scriptease series of concert readings…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Kenneth Jones’ “Two Henrys,” Bittersweet Family Portrait in the Age of AIDS, To Get Alabama Staging by Kenneth Jones

Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, Alabama, will continue its commitment to new works in spring 2019 with a developmental production of Kenneth Jones’ Florida-set, three-character…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Kenneth Jones’ “Hollywood, Nebraska” Will Get San Francisco Reading By Alma Theatre Co. by Kenneth Jones

Alma Theatre Company in California’s Bay Area will present Kenneth Jones’ six-actor comedy-drama Hollywood, Nebraska, about two actresses coincidentally returning to their rural hometow…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Greg Jones Ellis’ “All Save One,” a Play About Artists at Risk in Middle Age, Gets DC World Premiere by Kenneth Jones

Creative people whose heyday was yesteryear struggle with desires, secrets and their very existence as they reach middle age in All Save One, a new award-winning comedy-drama by Greg Jones E…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PS Classics Returns! Standards Get LGBT Twist in Philip Chaffin’s “Will He Like Me?”; Read Liner Notes Here by Kenneth Jones

Life is a little sweeter because of the catalog of albums released over the years by PS Classics, the indie label devoted to the heritage of musical theater and the American Songbook. If you…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

ASF’s Southern Writers Festival 2018 Welcomes Jiréh Breon Holder, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, David Lee Nelson, Abby Rosebrock by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Shakespeare Festival resurrects its longtime new play development program Oct. 19-21, 2018, replacing the past name, Southern Writers Project, with Southern Writers Festival of New P…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Martin Casella’s Explosive “Black Tom Island” Asks, “What Creates a Terrorist?,” in NJ World Premiere by Kenneth Jones

Premiere Stages, the resident professional theater at Kean University in New Jersey, continues its commitment to new American plays with the world premiere of Martin Casella’s historical d…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

In “Art & Class,” Matthew Ivan Bennett Paints Vivid Picture of Race, Religion, Teachers, Children and Parents by Kenneth Jones

An immigrant art teacher in Utah becomes a target of conservative parents and administrators in a complicated rural landscape of children at risk, substance abuse, religious intolerance and …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kurt Vonnegut Library, PEN America and Butler U Present “Alabama Story” Reading in Indy by Kenneth Jones

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, PEN America and Butler University’s theater department are partnering to present a one-night-only staged reading of Kenneth Jones’ fact-inspired cen…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Enid Graham’s “What Martha Did” Gets West Coast Reading by Alma Theatre Company by Kenneth Jones

Alma Theatre Company in California’s Bay Area is launching its Fresh, Raw and Wild New Play Reading Series with Enid Graham’s ensemble drama What Martha Did Sept. 15 at Phoenix Theatre I…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

“New Plays in the New West”: Wyoming Theater Festival Will Return for 2019 Summer Season by Kenneth Jones

Wyoming Theater Festival​, the not-for-profit company devoted to producing workshop productions of new plays and musicals in the quiet of the High Plains, far from commercial pressures, wi…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Addiction, Abuse and Hope Illuminate Teresa Lotz’s New Play “She Calls Me Firefly” in NYC by Kenneth Jones

She Calls Me Firefly, the new play by Teresa Lotz in which painful memories buzz through the air like insects seeking a lamp, gets its world premiere June 6-23, 2018, at Off-Broadway’s SoH…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“Alabama Story” Gets Ohio Premiere By Cleveland’s Ensemble Theatre by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Story will make its Ohio premiere by opening the 39th season of Ensemble Theatre, the ambitious indie company in Cleveland Heights known for its commitment to modern classics — li…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Lovers Get Enticing Offer in World Premiere of Sean Grennan’s “Now and Then” at Peninsula Players by Kenneth Jones

A young barkeep gets late-night advice (and a hard-to-refuse offer) from a world-weary drinker in Now and Then, the new four-actor romance by Sean Grennan that will have its world premiere b…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

“The Rabbits’ Wedding,” Inspiration for the Play “Alabama Story,” Turns 60 in 2018 by Kenneth Jones

This week marks a publishing milestone related to one of the more colorful and ugly footnotes in a cross-section of American subjects, from children’s literature to civil rights to censors…

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Barbara Kingsley’s “Under This Roof,” a Tale of Disability, Family and Race, Gets World Premiere in Minnesota by Kenneth Jones

Under This Roof, Barbara Kingsley’s drama of unexpected connections in the racially divided Cleveland of the late 1940s, gets its world premiere May 4-20 in a Minnesota production by Full…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

College Troupers Cram for Jeff Talbott’s “Civics and Humanities,” a World Premiere at Montclair State University by Kenneth Jones

Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, the new play by Jeff Talbott teeming with college-age characters trying to form student organizations in two eras, in 1976 and 2016, gets its world prem…

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