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“When a man marries, dies, or turns Hindu, his best friends hear no more of him.” (Shelley)
One could also add “becomes a writer,” because long stretches of time go by when writers are “in hiding” working on some project or other. Occasionally, there is a convergence of several projects all at once, and that’s what’s happened recently. If any of these happens to be nearby, I do hope you can go. And if not nearby, perhaps a pilgrimage?
April 2 Tallahassee, FL
AFFAIRS OF THE HEART – a romantic comedy -
A free public reading at Florida A & M University in the Ronald O. Davis Theatre.
A re-imagining of my play, TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE, with a black cast. Originally produced at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and later at Flat Rock Playhouse.
April 8 to May 8 Atlanta, GA
NOBODY – a one-person play about Bert Williams
Bert Williams was Broadway’s first black superstar (IN DAHOMEY, ZIEGFELD FOLLIES) who could do it all--actor-comedian, singer, composer/lyricist, mime.
NOBODY premiered at Mars Hill University and featured Kristofer Geddie. The Atlanta production stars Michael Mario Good.
Please visit http://www.impacttheatreatlanta.org
May 9 at 2:00 p.m. Mars Hill, NC
A GRAND PASSION – a two-character play celebrating the arts - a free public reading at Mars Hill University’s Broyhill Chapel.
Artist Marc Chagall has been invited to create the murals for New York's Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, but is hesitant. Sent to persuade him is Mrs. August Belmont, the once-famous actress Eleanor Robson for whom George Bernard Shaw wrote one of his most famous plays, MAJOR BARBARA.
Starring Ralph Redpath and Dianne Chapman.
July 13-17 Mars Hilll, NC
THE BELLE OF AMHERST
A one-person play by William Luce; direction by C. Robert Jones, at the Mars Theatre, the former movie theatre across from Mars Hill Baptist Church.
Actress Susan King brings back to SART her tour-de-force performance as poet Emily Dickinson in the 38th Anniversary of her premiere in the role.
See sartplays.org for complete details.
LANKY TALES, VOLUME 3
This is the third in a four part series of books from Pisgah Press for children, age 8-12, featuring four more stories about 13-year-old hero Lanky Lonagan.
This volume contains a novella-length story, “A Good and Faithful Friend” about Soldier, a loyal German shepherd who teaches everybody in Claggett Cove a lesson about love.
Will be available at Malaprop’s and at Amazon.com.
In the Fall Asheville, NC
JENNY LIND SINGS TONIGHT!
A one-person play reading at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
(Date and time to be announced)
P. T. Barnun brings Europe’s most famous operatic soprano to America for a tour in 1850. Amanda Horton stars as the delightful “Swedish Nightingale.”
Available now at www.pisgahpress.com or www.amazon.com
Lonagan first appeared on the scene when the Southern Appalachian
Repertory Theatre (SART) produced C. Robert Jones’s musical, A Belonging Place, the story of Abel Ammons, a mountain fable teller. In
the play, Abel tells stories to the local children about his favorite
character, Lanky Lonagan, who at age 13 is six feet, four inches tall
(therefore the name “Lanky.”)
Often, it seems that Lanky, in trying to be helpful, screws up and upsets all the folks in the tiny mountain town of Claggett Cove where he lives. He then has to figure out how to make things right . . . and more often than not, he ends up making things better than they were in the first place—and becomes a hero in the process.
Volume One is also available at all of the same fine outlets . . .
Amazon Kindle Price:
Whether it was the opening night of Breath of Life with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in London, or the pre-Broadway opening of Carol Channing’s Hello Dolly! in Washington, D.C., or experiencing Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in Macbeth at Stratford-upon-Avon, C. Robert Jones has enjoyed a lifetime of adventures as playwright, director, teacher, composer, and avid theater-goer—adventures that have taken him to fascinating places filled with fascinating people.
I Like It Here! chronicles these stories, along with many others, and also tells the backgrounds of several world-premiere productions he directed: Bernard Sabath’s You Caught Me Dancing, Steve Bouser’s Senator Sam, and his own musical, The Clown. Taken as a whole, C. Robert’s adventures provide a charming slice of theater life in the last half of the 20th century.
Available now from Pisgah Press at www.pisgahpress.com,
and at select bookstores
With MFA fresh in hand, he became the Director of the Little Theatre of Savannah (GA) where he directed 26 productions in four seasons. His popular musical for children, The Clown, premiered there and was later published by Baker’s Plays in
He added the title of “Professor” to his name when he next founded the Department of Theatre Arts at
Following that era, C. Robert joined the faculty of
He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
Fulbright Scholarship to the Sorbonne in
David B. Marshall Award in Musical Theatre from the
Robert S. Gibbes Award - as a Distinguished Teacher
National Endowment for the Humanities -
Fellow at Yale University
Paul Green Multi-Media Award for the musical Treasures from the North Carolina Society of Historians
Robert Chesley Foundation Award for
The Catbird Seat and The Love Quartette
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM, Residency, I Like It Here!
Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary Foundation of Rotary International