C. Robert Jones
Playwright

          ****** Upcoming Events in 2016 ******

  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?
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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.

See http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?EssentialTheatre&SeasonSchedule

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April 8 to May 8       Atlanta, GA

NOBODY – a one-person play about Bert Williams

    A full production at the Academy Theatre Atlanta



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



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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.



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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.



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August 1
                 
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.

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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.”



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                    *** Just Published! ***





Lanky Tales, Vol. 2: Billy Red Wing & Other Stories 

      Illustrated by Jane A. Snyder and Westeigh Heath

Available now at www.pisgahpress.com or www.amazon.com

 And locally in the Asheville area at Pisgah Press, Mars Hill University Bookstore, and Malaprop's

Although they are designed for children ages 8-11, these stories are fun for the whole family as the reader gets to know the delightful—and sometimes quirky—residents of the Cove who appear over and over in the various stories.
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pisgah Press LLC (August 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942016107
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches

Lanky 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: Just $0.99!
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*****Still available*****


 
 
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,
Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com,
and at select bookstores

    261 pp., b&w illustrations    

ISBN:   978-0985387563    LCCN:    2013950757

Pisgah Press, LLC   PO Box 1427  Candler, NC 28715



       
 

Biographical Information


         C. Robert Jones started writing in the third grade.  First, it was poems, then short stories and even a novella dramatically called Greed.  In high school, he composed his first songs and edited the high school newspaper. In college, he composed a piano concerto and edited the college literary magazine.  

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n all the years since, he’s never stopped writing.  And that roughly adds up to forty-five plays (including seven full-length musicals and two short musicals for children–book, music, and lyrics for all nine), over 100 songs, and two major narrative works of fiction plus a formal history of the Town Theatre in Columbia, SC.  

     Called “C. Robert” by all who know him (to stave off inevitable questions about being related to Bobby Jones, the golfer, or to the Bob Jones University Joneses), he is a native of South Carolina but has spent most of his life in the beautiful North Carolina mountains near Asheville. 

    
He holds two BA Degrees from the University of South Carolina, an MA in Theatre from the University of Georgia, and an MFA in Theatre from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
  
                                        

     After a year of study in Paris and Dijon, France on a Fulbright Scholarship, C. Robert began his theatre career as an actor in a production of Charley’s Aunt at the Gunton-Temple Players in Washington, DC.  He was “discovered” by noted theatre director, Pauline Eaton Oak, and acted with her Masquers Troupe for three years before finding that his heart was really in writing and directing.  

    
His first playwriting effort was Dock Street, an original full-length musical (book, music & co-writer of the lyrics with Pattie Fulgham.)  He also directed.

 

         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 Boston and telecast on NBC-WSAV TV in Savannah.

 

         He added the title of “Professor” to his name when he next founded the Department of Theatre Arts at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.   In his five years there, two more plays were premiered: The Spelling Bee (a musical for children which was also telecast over CBS-WSPA in Spartanburg, SC) and a work for Readers Theatre, Love is Better Than The Next Best Thing, telecast over PBS-TV in Chapel Hill, NC.  Those two plays and a one-act called Marked For Murder were all published by Baker’s Plays.

 

         Following that era, C. Robert joined the faculty of Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC where he would become the founder of the BFA Degree in Musical Theatre and Chairman of  the Department of Theatre Arts.  He was also a part of the group that founded the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART), one of the southeast’s outstanding professional theatre companies.  The bulk of his writing and composing has taken place in Mars Hill.

         He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
  

                                                                                         

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                      Honors, Awards, Recognitions


 

        Fulbright Scholarship to the Sorbonne in Paris and to the University of Dijon, France                                                 

 

        David B. Marshall Award in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan, honoring the musical Rivals, based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

 

         Robert S. Gibbes Award - as a Distinguished Teacher
at Mars Hill University

 

       Theatre Memphis (Tennessee) - premiere of Chiaroscuro (later Nocturne), a winner of Theatre Memphis’s national play search

 
        Mellon Foundation/Appalachian College Association - grants for Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts, a one-person play based on the life of Stephen Foster, and for Bert Williams, Broadway Star, a one-person play based on the life of Broadway’s first black superstar.

     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 

       

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