By Kenneth Jones
Directed by Jeffry George
August 25 – September 25, 2016
Performances Thursday-Monday at 8:00PM;
Sunday Sept 25 at 3:00PM
A gentle children’s book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the civil rights movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts political foes, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty author on the same page to conjure a Deep South of the imagination.
Alabama Story received its world premiere at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City in January 2015. The play was a finalist in the 2014 National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.
Kenneth Jones, playwright
Kenneth Jones is a playwright, librettist and lyricist. Alabama Story was a 2014 Finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference and a 2016 nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. It had its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in 2015 and this year will have productions in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. His play Two Henrys, a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 and 2016 O’Neill Playwrights Conferences, was seen in Pioneer’s 2016 Play-By-Play series and had private table readings by Florida Studio Theatre and Off-Broadways’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. His new serious comedy Hollywood, Nebraska was seen in TACT’s 2016 NewTACTics New Play Festival. With Karen Azenberg, he co-conceived Pioneer’s 2015 holiday musical It Happened One Christmas. His darkly comic Christmas revue Naughty/Nice (with composer Gerald Stockstill) is published by stagerights.com. His musical Voice of the City (with composer Elaine Chelton) was developed by York Theatre Company and Human Race Theatre Company. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, BMI and The 72nd Street Gang Playwrights Collective. He writes about his own plays and advocates for other playwrights, new plays and theatre makers at his website ByKennethJones.com.