A theater of one’s own

Usually a theater critic has to die to get a theater named after him.

Not me.

Recently I was visiting friends up at their property in Mendocino — seven acres full of redwoods, oaks and pines — and while clearing some brush, Kirk discovered a perfect little redwood circle amphitheater. So he cleaned it all up, rolled in some barrels as seats, painted a sign and christened it the Chad Jones Theater. You can click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see the “marquis.” Is this the height of vanity? I hope so.

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I’m hoping to inaugurate the space next summer with my dream roster of performers from both the musical and theatrical worlds: Lily Tomlin, Patty Griffin, Cherry Jones, Sarah Jones, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Wesla Whitfield, Paula West, Adam Guettel, Carol Burnett, Jason Robert Brown, Audra McDonald, Meryl Streep, Kristen Chenoweth, Jason Mraz, Tony Kushner and Julie Andrews.

Wonder how many of them will come?

8 thoughts on “A theater of one’s own

  1. I hope to see John Cameron Mitchell and Tommy Kirk at the Chad Jones Theater some day.

  2. I think you should headline at the Chad Jones Theater doing your impression of Tim Gunn. You’d kill..
    And I want to be invited to the Chad Jones Theater. And I want to bring Zach Braff as my date.

  3. Jason Mraz’s solo acoustic show is only $50,000. But, if he saw that picture of you I think he’d do it for less. Very woodland-sexy picture, Jones.

  4. Okay, picture this. An intimate venue in the redwoods: It’s just getting dark. Some one flicks on the stage lights. The crowd is tight, quiets in unison. “Ladies and gentlemen. Live, acoustic sans backup. No mic on the banjo, no mic on the fiddle, no wire to the guitar. The Dixie Chicks.” Oh my. I’m there.

  5. How do I get on the mailing list for the Chad Jones Theater?
    Lily Tomlin, Patty Griffin, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Carol Burnett, Audra McDonald, Meryl Streep, Jason Mraz, and Julie Andrews; sounds like a dream come true!

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