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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Pioneer Theatre’s 2023 Reading Series Has “Dust People,” “Will It Go Round” and “How Can I Help You?” by Kenneth Jones

Plays by Matthew Ivan Bennett, Kaaron Briscoe and Catherine Trieschmann will be presented in staged readings in Pioneer Theatre Company’s spring 2023 Play-by-Play Festival of new works in…

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Sean Grennan’s “A Rock Sails By,” a Comedy About Cosmic Questions, Gets World Premiere by Kenneth Jones

A facts-only astrophysicist at life’s crossroads is challenged to view a celestial phenomenon in a new way in the world premiere of Sean Grennan’s new dramatic comedy A Rock Sails By, ge…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Landmark Child Custody Case Is Personal to Playwright Jenny Mercein in “Two Elizas” by Kenneth Jones

Family history often provides inspiration for playwrights, as actor-playwright Jenny Mercein knows too well. For her past plays, she has borrowed from her own easily accessible personal hist…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

“Alabama Story” Gets West Virginia Premiere at Greenbrier Valley Theatre; Cast Announced by Kenneth Jones

Amy Baldwin and Matthew Scott Campbell will face off as ideological foes in the West Virginia premiere of Kenneth Jones’ highly theatrical Alabama Story, playing Greenbrier Valley Theatre …

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Children’s Book About Interracial “Rabbits’ Wedding” Is Called Propaganda — in 1959 by Kenneth Jones

Once upon a time there was a children’s picture book, “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” about a bunny with white fur who marries a bunny with black fur. Written and illustrated by Garth Willia…

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Westchester’s Schoolhouse Theater Is Back, Under New Artistic Director Owen Thompson by Kenneth Jones

The Schoolhouse Theater, the resident Equity theater company that has produced classic and new works in Westchester County, New York since 1986, relights as a live performance venue this spr…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Playwrights Lee Osorio, Sandra Seaton, Malcolm Tariq, Steve Yockey Get Readings in Southern Writers Fest by Kenneth Jones

New scripts that explore Southern identity will be presented in staged readings in the 2023 Southern Writers Festival of New Plays at Alabama Shakespeare Festival March 17-18 in Montgomery, …

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Nandita Shenoy’s Fertile “The Future Is Female…” Premieres at Flint Rep by Kenneth Jones

At a women’s wellness retreat run by an unseen male guru, cloistered attendees Lois, Toni, Maria and Aditi meet, share housing, chafe, bond and ask questions of themselves and the world in…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Peninsula Players Reads Plays by John Reeger, Christopher G. Smith and Jeff Talbott by Kenneth Jones

Peninsula Players is famous in the Midwest for its summer productions in Door County, Wisconsin, but it’s not dormant all winter long. Plays are tested off-season, too. Titles in the compa…

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Monday, December 26, 2022

“Alabama Story” Gets West Virginia Premiere at Greenbrier Valley Theatre by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Story, the true story of an embattled librarian persecuted for protecting children’s books in the Deep South of 1959, will make its West Virginia debut at Greenbrier Valley Theatre…

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Monday, December 12, 2022

“Hollywood, Nebraska,” a New Comedy, Premieres in Alabama in February 2023 by Kenneth Jones

Hollywood, Nebraska, the six-actor comedy by Kenneth Jones that reunites two high school friends in their hometown in the Great Plains, will get its third production in a rolling world premi…

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Dramatists Play Service Publishes Acting Edition of “Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones

Alabama Story, Kenneth Jones’ fact-inspired play about an embattled librarian in the Civil Rights era, is now published in an Acting Edition from Dramatists Play Service, which also licens…

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Brenda Withers’ “Off Peak,” a Bittersweet Romantic Ride, Commutes to Off-Broadway by Kenneth Jones

In spring 2022, I read a rueful, charming, tough-minded new play called Off Peak, about former lovers meeting on a train, and I knew immediately that I wanted to throw some questions at pla…

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

“Ballycroy,” Marek Norman’s Ghostly Musical Play, Materializes in Stratford Concert by Kenneth Jones

A fire that consumed three immigrant hatmakers in a notorious Ontario town more than a century ago has ignited the imagination of Canadian composer-lyricist Marek Norman, who turned their st…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

That Time Angela Lansbury E-Mailed Me About the 11-O’Clock Number From “Mame” by Kenneth Jones

Years ago I did some work on an article I wanted to write about Jerry Herman’s five greatest show tunes. Y’know, one of those clickbait pieces where readers will either celebrate you or …

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Jeffrey Lo’s “Waiting for Next” Premiere Explores Highs and Lows of Friendship by Kenneth Jones

Nearly 30 years of milestones in the lives of two pals who meet in middle school are centerstage in Jeffrey Lo’s heartfelt, charming comedy-drama Waiting for Next, finally getting its worl…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

“Alabama Story” Gets Peach State Premiere by Georgia Ensemble in Fall 2022 by Kenneth Jones

After a winter 2022 postponement due to COVID-era issues, Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA, will give Alabama Story — the six-actor, one-set drama about an embattled librarian in th…

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

“Hollywood, Nebraska,” a Comedy About Coming Home, Gets Trio of World Premiere Productions in 2022-23 by Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones’ six-actor comedy Hollywood, Nebraska — the story of two actresses returning to their dying hometown — will get at least three “rolling world premiere” productions by…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Strangers On a Train? Brenda Withers’ “Off Peak” Gets World Premiere in Westchester by Kenneth Jones

I just read a rueful, charming, tough new play called Off Peak, about former lovers meeting on a train, and I knew immediately that I wanted to throw some questions at playwright Brenda With…

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Indy Cast of “Two Henrys” Has Sean Blake, Judy Fitzgerald, Jan Lucas as Uneasy Family by Kenneth Jones

Sean Blake, Judy Fitzgerald and Jan Lucas will be the trio of Midwestern snowbirds unpacking family secrets in a May 14 developmental staged reading of Kenneth Jones’ comedy-drama Two Henr…

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Meet “Tracy Jones”: Stephen Kaplan’s New Comedy Plays Four Markets in Rolling Premiere by Kenneth Jones

“Ah, look at all the lonely people,” a line from Lennon and McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby,” was on my mind when I read Stephen Kaplan’s quirky, sadness-tinged, four-actor comedy Tra…

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Monday, February 14, 2022

“Writing Kevin Taylor,” Romantic Pop Musical About Creativity, Finds New Life by Kenneth Jones

When I saw a New York City reading of a three-character pop musical called Writing Kevin Taylor a few years ago, I was certain this would be the next big little hit in regional theaters — …

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

“Hollywood, Nebraska,” a Comedy About Coming Home, Gets CT Reading by Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones’ six-actor comedy Hollywood, Nebraska is the latest title in Music Theatre of Connecticut’s New Voices series, a non-musical pilot program that gives a spotlight to five …

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

“Two Henrys” Reading at Actors Theatre of Indiana Will Put Midwestern Snowbirds in Spotlight by Kenneth Jones

Two Henrys, a three-character comedy-drama set at the dawn of marriage equality and the dusk of the worst days of the AIDS epidemic, will be explored in a spring staged reading as part of Ac…

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Ora Jones Is Embattled “Enemy” Doctor in Premiere of Jeff Talbott’s “The Messenger” by Kenneth Jones

Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Ora Jones will create the role of Therese, the town doctor who sounds the alarm over a public health crisis, in the 2022 world premiere of Jeff Talbott’…

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Dickens of a Time: Greta Lambert Stars in Her Own Solo “Carol” at Alabama Shakespeare Festival by Kenneth Jones

Actress Greta Lambert, one of the great things to happen to American regional theater, is finally getting a chance to perform her one-person adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas C…

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Lisa Howard Releases “Most Wonderful” Christmas Album Prior to 54 Below Show by Kenneth Jones

Broadway musical star Lisa Howard, whose powerful voice effortlessly glides from brassy to warm to everything in between, is in a holiday mood at the end of 2021. The actress beloved for rol…

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Lee Blessing’s COVID-Era Play “The Family Line” Gets Tested in Actors Theatre of Indiana Reading by Kenneth Jones

Actors Theatre of Indiana welcomes Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Blessing for a Nov. 13 reading of his new pandemic-era play, The Family Line, the second title in ATI’s 2021-22 Lab Series. B…

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Jason Ma’s Musical “Gold Mountain”: A Fresh Lens on Chinese Achievement in America by Kenneth Jones

The largely anonymous Chinese immigrants who built the American transcontinental railroad in the 19th century finally get a collective voice — and it sings! — in the world premiere of Ja…

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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…

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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 …

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