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Martin Jones

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A diverse group of homeless people, from a pregnant teenager to a thirty-year-old mental patient to a street musician in his forties, struggle to survive.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (4 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 105 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“… SQUATS portrays what it is to be young and human in a world defined by poverty, homelessness, mental illness, prostitution, domestic abuse, arson, alcoholism, suicide, teenage pregnancy and AIDS. But SQUATS is neither preachy nor overdone. It doesn’t take on a shopping list of societal ills. Rather, they are the landscape for the characters. Problems intertwine and contribute to each other. Though this landscape is bleak, the plot and the quirky characters are not … It is written with insight and compassion.” —Barbara Bartels, The Times Record

About the Author


  • Martin Jones

    Martin Jones was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but has lived primarily in places such as Memphis, St Louis, Chicago, Michigan, Florida, Virginia, Maine, Vermont, and Italy. In 1968 he received a B A in English and Theatre Arts from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He received an M A in Theatre from Eastern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Playwriting and Dramatic Literature from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. While at Carbondale he studied creative writing with the novelist John Gardner. For ten years Mr Jones taught in academic theater. He was Playwright-in-Residence at Northern Illinois University, and a drama professor at the University of Virginia and at Bowdoin College. In 1980 he left academic theater to work in Chicago as a playwright, actor, and director. He has worked as a performer at several regional theaters including the Victory Gardens Theater, the Wisdom Bridge Theater, the Theater at Monmouth, and the Portland Stage Company. In 1980 his play, OLD SOLDIERS, premiered at the Performance Community in Chicago. OLD SOLDIERS was published in Best Short Plays of 1983. His play DAUGHTERS premiered at the Guthrie Theater (Studio) in Minneapolis, and was later produced by Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater. In 1982 two of his plays were staged Off-Off Broadway — FLAMINGOS, at the Nameless Theatre, and SNOW LEOPARDS, at the 18th Street Playhouse. In October, 1983 his ZOOLOGY (a trilogy of plays) premiered in New York at the Stage Arts Theater Company. In 1985 Stage Arts also produced SNOW LEOPARDS, which was published later that year by Samuel French. WEST MEMPHIS MOJO was selected in 1986 as a winner in the F D G/C B S New Plays Program. In the spring of that year, Mr Jones co-authored a musical revue, FROM AWAY, which premiered at the Portland Stage Company. Mr Jones received a Rockefeller Foundation Grant in Playwriting in 1986, and throughout the eighties served as Playwright-in-Residence at the Portland Stage Company and the Mad Horse Theater Company, where four of his plays premiered: VANISHING POINTS, SQUATS, DARK RIVER, and YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE. In 1991, Jones co-authored the screenplay for the H B O/Lorimar film Prison Stories: Women on the Inside, which had its premiere at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, and was originally broadcast on H B O in January 1991. The film was nominated for a Cable Ace Award in the Best Dramatic Special category. Two of his other film scripts, Second Skin and Scarlet Moon are under option in Hollywood. Mr Jones currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches creative writing at Southwest Missouri State University.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 9/1/2003
Pages 200
ISBN 9780881452198

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Premiered at Mad Horse Theater Company, Portland ME

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Squats is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC