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If, on the cusp of your transition to the afterlife, you find yourself receiving a final hairdo from a stylist who happens to be the goddess Medusa, then you’ll know you’re in the world of Arkansas playwright Candrice Jones’ new play A Medusa Thread. Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre Company (OLN) will present a pay-what-you-can Zoom reading of A Medusa Thread on Saturday, October 23rd at 7:30 PM. The Zoom  link is


With the support of a CARES Act grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, Jones has crafted the play over the last year and a half. Remarking on why a play inhabited by Greek gods and dealing with experiences of abuse is set in a beauty shop, Jones notes that growing up in the South, she remembers “the beauty shop is where we’re allowed to speak our minds, is where we’re allowed to first verbally give consent, and is where we are comforted in so many ways. I want audiences to think about that as they are watching the play.” 


Jones, who currently serves as the Director of New Programs at The Arkansas Rep and is a founding member of Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre Company, has experienced a steady stream of successes as a playwright over the last several years, including a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a two-year stint with The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and productions or workshops of her plays at The Berkeley Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. A Medusa Thread will receive a full production at the University of California at Santa Barbara in May 2022. 


For more on OLN, please contact Producing Artistic Director Adam Frank at (501) 908-9990 or visit our website at For further information about A Medusa Thread, please contact Candrice Jones directly at





OLN Board members Whit Barringer and Andy Vaught, co-producer's of our newest adventure, The OLN Theater of the Air, were interviewed on KUAR/NPR "Arts Scene." Listen here:

News:  OLN Welcomes Playwright in Residence Candrice Jones

A founding member of OLN, Candrice Jones returns to the company this year as Playwright in Residence through a generous CARES Act grant from the Arkansas Arts Council. Playwright, poet, and educator  Candrice is from Dermott, Arkansas. She has been honored to have been a fellow at Callaloo for poetry at Brown University and in London and has also been a VONA Playwriting Fellow and a CalArts MFA Critical Studies recipient. Candrice's primary goal as a writer is to write love letters for and to women of the American South. She is the author of the full-length plays 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 was a resident playwright at Djerassi’s Colony of the Arts in the fall of 2020, and a 2019-20 Many Voices Fellow and a 2020-2021 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. She believes that in these times of peril “story and art matter more than ever.” Candrice recently joined the staff of The Arkansas Repertory Theatre as Director of New Programs.