Program
The Stages of Preston Jones
Producing Organization
KERA
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-hx15m63d7q
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Description
Program Description
"'The Stages of Preston Jones' is a documentary about the Texas playwright Preston Jones, which begins on the morning of September 21, the day the first play of his 'Texas Trilogy' opens in New York. He is being interviewed by the BBC, and the film returns to events of that day in the course of recalling, in Jones' own words, his early life in New Mexico, his 15 years of theater experience as actor, director and then playwright at the Dallas Theater Center, the background of each of the 'Trilogy' plays, and a brief reading from each. "There are comments from Jones' wife, Mary Sue, herself an actress: Paul Baker, founding director of the Dallas Theater Center; Audrey Wood, famed agent who has added Jones to her list of American playwright clients; Robert Whitehead, who produced the 'Trilogy' in Washington and New York, Alan Schneider, who directed the plays."--1976 Peabody Awards entry form. The program begins with an interview with Preston Jones on opening night for his 'Texas Trilogy' on Broadway. During the interview, he discusses his 'Texas Trilogy' and the success he has experienced. The program follows Jones as he travels through New York City, discussing the city. Jones tells his own life story, growing up in New Mexico, the inspiration for his plays while living in West Texas, writing scripts for his fraternity's Stunt Night, and his work as an actor and director. He also reads a brief excerpt from each of his plays. Other people from Jones' personal and professional lives discuss his work. Jones walks down the streets of Broadway and past the theatre where 'A Texas Trilogy' is being performed. Jones attends opening night, and the program features footage from the red carpet, the performance, and backstage. Jones discusses the mixed reviews and the closing of the plays.
Broadcast Date
1976
Created Date
1976
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:30:06.057
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Credits
Director: Harrison, Kenneth
Interviewee: Whitehead, Robert
Interviewee: Schneider, Alan
Interviewee: Wood, Audrey
Interviewee: Jones, Mary Sue
Interviewee: Baker, Paul
Interviewer: Beasley, Sonia
Producer: Harrison, Kenneth
Producer: Swank, Patsy
Producer: Porterfield, Bill
Producing Organization: KERA
Speaker: Jones, Preston
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-ad2ea42eebc (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 0:29:50
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Citations
Chicago: “The Stages of Preston Jones,” 1976, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-hx15m63d7q.
MLA: “The Stages of Preston Jones.” 1976. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-hx15m63d7q>.
APA: The Stages of Preston Jones. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-hx15m63d7q