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.
P Volume I is the first of four volumes of Lanky Tales set to be published over the next two years by Pisgah Press. Although they are designed for children ages 8-11, they 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.
Lanky Tales, Vol 1 The Bird Man & other stories is available in the Asheville area at Malaprops, Grateful Steps, and Mars Hill University Bookstore—or at www.pisgahpress.com or www.amazon.com.
It can also be ordered by any bookstore, large or small, in your community.
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