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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.

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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, asked Broadway songwriters to do the impossible—pick their favorite songs by the master. A decade late…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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, …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Aloha! Jeff Talbott’s “The Gravedigger’s Lullaby” Gets Hawaii Premiere By The Actors’ Group by Kenneth Jones

TAG-The Actors’ Group, the indie professional company known for its commitment to staging contemporary plays in intimate productions in Hawaii, presents the state premiere of Jeff Talbott…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cast and Creatives Picked for Hoosier Premiere of “Alabama Story” at Actors Theatre of Indiana by Kenneth Jones

Actors Theatre of Indiana co-founders Cynthia Collins and Don Farrell will face off as foes in the Indiana premiere of Kenneth Jones’ six-actor social justice drama Alabama Story, the true…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Actors Theatre of Indiana Develops “Hollywood, Nebraska,” “Rattler” and “Provenance” in New Lab Series by Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones’ rueful six-actor comedy Hollywood, Nebraska will launch the first Lab Series of new play readings at Actors Theatre of Indiana in Carmel, IN, in November 2019. Playwrights L…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Playwright Susan Ferrara Creates “Buzz,” New Play About Trailblazing and Tragic Director by Kenneth Jones

The brilliant, brief candle that was U.K. theater director Mary Ann “Buzz” Goodbody — the first woman to direct at Royal Shakespeare Company — reignites in the world premiere product…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Home, At Last! “Alabama Story” Will Play Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2020 by Kenneth Jones

Seven years after it had its first developmental reading by Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama Story, the highly theatrical drama that pits a state senator against the state…

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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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