Jones, Robert Edmond (opera)
- David J. Hough
(b Milton, nh , Dec 12, 1887; d Milton, Nov 26, 1954). American designer . He graduated from Harvard University (1910), where he remained for two years as an instructor. On a trip to Europe (1913–14), he was much influenced by Max Reinhardt in Berlin, Jacques Coupeau in Paris, and by the work of Adolph Appia and Jaques-Dalcroze at Hellarau. He returned to Europe in 1922 with Kenneth Macgowan; they recorded their impressions in Continental Stagecraft (New York, 1923). With Lee Simonson (1888–1967) and Norman Bel Geddes, Jones was responsible for introducing a ‘new stagecraft’ to America: the fusion of acting, lighting and setting into a dramatic whole. His output over 25 years was prodigious and wide-ranging. His designs for The Man who Married a Dumb Wife (1915) for Harley Granville-Barker are said to be the first important, indigenous expression of the new stagecraft and his ...