Candrice Jones

Candrice Jones

Playwright, poet, and educator Candrice Jones is from Dermott, Arkansas. Candrice's writes love letters for and to women of the American South. Candrice is a VONA Playwriting alum and CalArts Critical Studies MFA recipient. She is the author of the full-length play, Crackbaby (2010 Wasserstein Prize Nomination) and FLEX (developed at the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays). She has been a resident...
Playwright, poet, and educator Candrice Jones is from Dermott, Arkansas. Candrice's writes love letters for and to women of the American South. Candrice is a VONA Playwriting alum and CalArts Critical Studies MFA recipient. She is the author of the full-length play, Crackbaby (2010 Wasserstein Prize Nomination) and FLEX (developed at the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays). She has been a resident fellow at Ground Floor housed by the Berkeley Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, and MacDowell’s Colony of the Arts. She is scheduled to be a resident playwright at Djerassi’s Colony of the Arts in the fall of 2020. Candrice, lives and works in Minneapolis where she has received a 2019-20 Many Voices Fellowship and a 2020-21 Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center. 

Plays

  • A Medusa Thread
    In the world of a purgatorial beauty shop, Medusa gives customers one last hair do before they transition to their after-life.
  • Counter-Curse
    Online dating has become a way to find love. Or, has it become a way to track down your father's ex-lover's son? In this play of catfish, Elise, a 20-something seeks revenge. But, will an old wive's tale come back to hunt her in the best way possible?
  • FLEX
    It’s 1997 and Cynthia Cooper rules the WNBA. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train basketball team wants to “go pro,” but none more than Starra Jones. She and her teammates, Cherise, Sidney, April, and Donna, make a pact to stick together come hell or high water. However, the realities of living life in rural Arkansas may tear them apart. Written in the structure of a four-quarter basketball game, Flex...
    It’s 1997 and Cynthia Cooper rules the WNBA. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train basketball team wants to “go pro,” but none more than Starra Jones. She and her teammates, Cherise, Sidney, April, and Donna, make a pact to stick together come hell or high water. However, the realities of living life in rural Arkansas may tear them apart. Written in the structure of a four-quarter basketball game, Flex presents a world in which a mistake on the court becomes a foul off the court. Hitting a shot on the court is a score in real life.
  • Crackbaby
    Crackbaby is a satirical critique of the Public Education School System of the United States of America and the Reagan Administration’s War on Drugs. Theoretically, the play questions the politics of visibility as well as the danger of accepting a version of a single story narrative (the crackbaby myth). Taking place from the early to late 90’s, Crackbaby follows the journey of Emarytus Brown from kindergarden...
    Crackbaby is a satirical critique of the Public Education School System of the United States of America and the Reagan Administration’s War on Drugs. Theoretically, the play questions the politics of visibility as well as the danger of accepting a version of a single story narrative (the crackbaby myth). Taking place from the early to late 90’s, Crackbaby follows the journey of Emarytus Brown from kindergarden to eighth grade. The granddaughter of a drug dealer and master of Black Panther rhetoric, with each grade Emarytus learns a new lesson eventually shedding her innocence.