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Robert Edmond Jones
Robert Edmond Jones
  • Born 12 December 1887 - Milton, Strafford Co., NH
  • Deceased 26 November 1954 - Milton, Strafford Co., NH,aged 66 years old
  • Theater Set Designer
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"Jones' simple set designs led a revolution against the realistic sets of the Romantic theatre.
Born in Milton, New Hampshire, Jones attended Harvard University and graduated in 1910. He immediately went to work designing theater sets in New York City and it was there that he designed his first revolutionary set.
For a 1915 production of the play The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife directed by British director Harley Granville-Barker, Jones designed a fairly simple set that complimented the action and the other design elements of the production rather than overwhelming it.
Jones preached a message of cohesiveness in productions among all the elements. In addition, the elements should be imbued with symbolic and emblematic motifs that furthers the action of the play. These ideas were influenced through Jones' work with the German director and producer Max Reinhardt.
One of the early members of the Provincetown Players, Jones worked closely with Eugene O'Neill on many of his productions including Anna Christie, The Great God Brown, and Desire Under the Elms.
He published a book The Dramatic Imagination which sets forth many of his most important ideas on the future of theatre."

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                         _____|4_Charles Jones ca 1833-1873
|2_Fred P. Jones ca 1854-1941
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|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Betsey Varney †1878
|--1_Robert Edmond Jones 1887-1954
|                                                                           _____|24_Edmond Cowell †1850
|                                                  _____|12_Isaac Cowell 1790-1865
|                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Comfort Courson †1856
|                       _____|6_Edmond Eustis Cowell 1825-1899
|                      /                        \
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Lucy Cottle 1796-1826
|3_Emma Jane Cowell 1854-1941
                      \                                                     _____|28_Moses Chamberlain 1760-1832
                       \                           _____|14_Samuel Nason Chamberlain 1787-1846
                        \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|29_Mary Nason 1758-1836
                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Elizabeth Jane Chamberlain 1829-1923
                                                  \                         _____|30_John Moody 1763-1853
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Mary Moody 1789-1874
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