Jay Koepke

Jay Koepke

Jay Koepke is a gypsy playwright who has lived all over the United States but is currently based in Denver. His plays include THE END IS FAR, PIETRA OR THE STONE BABY, WHAT MAKES THE BUDDHA SMILE?, ADRIFT, THE COST OF LIVING, THE OAK TREE, THE IDYLLIC LIFE: A BAVARIAN FAIRY TALE, THE CHIEF’S LAST DAY, and A NEW RELATIONSHIP among others. His screenplay AFTER OWEN was optioned by Tandem Pictures. Jay has been a...
Jay Koepke is a gypsy playwright who has lived all over the United States but is currently based in Denver. His plays include THE END IS FAR, PIETRA OR THE STONE BABY, WHAT MAKES THE BUDDHA SMILE?, ADRIFT, THE COST OF LIVING, THE OAK TREE, THE IDYLLIC LIFE: A BAVARIAN FAIRY TALE, THE CHIEF’S LAST DAY, and A NEW RELATIONSHIP among others. His screenplay AFTER OWEN was optioned by Tandem Pictures. Jay has been a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the New Jersey Playwrights Contest and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

Plays

  • Pietra, or The Stone Baby
    Tate and Russell are a happily married couple; however, if Tate could complain about one thing in their relationship it would be that Russell has not left their home in two years, so when an opportunity presents itself for Tate to reintroduce Russell to society she does, even though it requires lying to her husband. Russell, meanwhile, has secrets of his own and reasons for not leaving the house that his wife...
    Tate and Russell are a happily married couple; however, if Tate could complain about one thing in their relationship it would be that Russell has not left their home in two years, so when an opportunity presents itself for Tate to reintroduce Russell to society she does, even though it requires lying to her husband. Russell, meanwhile, has secrets of his own and reasons for not leaving the house that his wife would be unable to understand. When Russell finally does leave the comfort and seclusion of their living room, both past secrets and present lies arise and Tate and Russell’s lives begin to unravel.
  • What Makes the Buddha Smile?
    Inez is a young woman separated from her partner unexpectedly when she is cut down in the prime of life. Disoriented and unsure of her circumstances post-death, Inez is forced to grapple with the confusion of death not being the end, the pain of watching her partner Lorraine begin to take steps to move on, and, ultimately, with navigating the hazards of reincarnation. Luckily (or not so) for Inez, she finds a...
    Inez is a young woman separated from her partner unexpectedly when she is cut down in the prime of life. Disoriented and unsure of her circumstances post-death, Inez is forced to grapple with the confusion of death not being the end, the pain of watching her partner Lorraine begin to take steps to move on, and, ultimately, with navigating the hazards of reincarnation. Luckily (or not so) for Inez, she finds a guide in the fledgling bodhisattva Ferdinand and companionship in Tsong, a father who will do anything to be reunited with his daughter and escape this limbo.
  • A New Relationship
    Feeling marginalized, high schoolers Chris and Sandy decide to recruit the varsity football quarterback to their side of the homosexual lifestyle whether he wants to participate or not.
  • The Chief's Last Day
    Lines are blurred when two Atlanta Braves mascots are fired but refuse to leave their post.
  • The Idyllic Life: A Bavarian Fairy Tale
    In a modern take on a familiar fairy tale, tween siblings Agnes and Orvar discuss the moral implications of letting their adoptive grandmutter Grunhilda eat one of them in order for her to live forever. The Idyllic Life is a metaethical comedy complete with plenty of hat acting, or, hacting.
  • The Oak Tree
    10-year-olds Daisy and Stu get more than they bargained for on their first date when they run into a curmudgeonly tree who sours their cherished memories of a much-beloved children’s book.
  • The Cost of Living
    When Alma runs away from an abusive household only to end up in another she is forced to learn what it means to be self-reliant. When Marius sucks her in with a literal marriage contract, Alma finds herself in the middle of a life-threatening situation. Along with Marius’ other employees, Alma must decide for herself how high a price she’s willing to pay for a monetary comforts and how far she’s able to let...
    When Alma runs away from an abusive household only to end up in another she is forced to learn what it means to be self-reliant. When Marius sucks her in with a literal marriage contract, Alma finds herself in the middle of a life-threatening situation. Along with Marius’ other employees, Alma must decide for herself how high a price she’s willing to pay for a monetary comforts and how far she’s able to let herself be pushed before she must grow strong enough to end the circle of abuse.
  • Adrift
    In the middle of the night at the tail end of a disastrous anniversary cruise, Deb refuses to face the reality of her failing marriage. When she meets a local friendly bartender named Jake, who is suppressing issues of his own, an unexpected love triangle reveals itself while Deb and Jake make a connection that changes the course of their lives.