Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
On the scene since: 1977
MVP for: Subterranean Theatre Company
Recent Roles: Eddie, Art Stripped Naked, Hyde Park; B.A., A Name for a Ghost to Mutter, State Theater Co., 2001; Male Greek Chorus, How I Learned to Drive, State/STC, 2000; Marvin, Bleacher Bums, STC, 2000; Summey, Dark of the Moon, State, 2000; Hornby, A Kind of Alaska, STC, 1999; Robert, Betrayal, Public Domain, 1999.
Honors: Payne nomination, Bleacher Bums; Critics Table nomination, A Kind of Alaska; Critics Table nomination, Betrayal.
Handsome iceberg of an actor who lets audiences to see the surface but also to know that there's much, much more going on beneath that usually cool veneer. Deadpan humor goes side by side with the assured Jones' acting work, and a musical background allows for some onstage strumming and singing. Jones often plays sympathetic yet dark characters -- the desperate doctor in A Kind of Alaska, the cuckolded husband in Betrayal -- and his simplicity and onstage ease, combined with that darkness and depth, give Jones something of a regal air wherever he plays.