Jennifer Kokai

Jennifer Kokai

Jennifer A. Kokai is a playwright who currently lives in Ogden, Utah where she teaches at Weber State University. Her work has been produced in Fringe Festivals and academic settings in Indianapolis, Austin, New York, Utah, and others. In 2014 her play "Girl of Glass" was included in the Lark Play Development Center's Playwrights Week and was an O'Neill Semi-Finalist in 2015. In 2019 it will...
Jennifer A. Kokai is a playwright who currently lives in Ogden, Utah where she teaches at Weber State University. Her work has been produced in Fringe Festivals and academic settings in Indianapolis, Austin, New York, Utah, and others. In 2014 her play "Girl of Glass" was included in the Lark Play Development Center's Playwrights Week and was an O'Neill Semi-Finalist in 2015. In 2019 it will receive its professional debut with THML Theatre in New York. She is a member of the Plan B Theatre Company Playwrights Lab. Her play, "Zombie Thoughts," a TYA play co-written with Oliver Kokai-Means (age 11), will tour Northern Utah (with the support of a NEA grant) and Annapolis, MD this fall and appear in Honolulu, HI after having already made a brief stop in Missouri.

Plays

  • Zombie Thoughts (written with Oliver Kokai-Means)
    Sam and Pig are avatars in the video game “Zombie Thoughts.” Sam’s character is intelligent, anxious, and armed with a book. Pig is goofy, distracted, and armed with a rubber chicken. Can Pig and the players in the audience help Sam overcome anxiety and defeat the monsters and trials the Machine throws in the way? A 35 minute video game inspired TYA play about childhood anxiety where the audience determines the...
    Sam and Pig are avatars in the video game “Zombie Thoughts.” Sam’s character is intelligent, anxious, and armed with a book. Pig is goofy, distracted, and armed with a rubber chicken. Can Pig and the players in the audience help Sam overcome anxiety and defeat the monsters and trials the Machine throws in the way? A 35 minute video game inspired TYA play about childhood anxiety where the audience determines the outcome. Written for grades 3-6 with help from someone in grade 3 (note: the 2 person version is uploaded here, 3+ available by request).
  • Singing to the Brine Shrimp
    (A Fantasia in 12 Scenes with Sock Puppets, Ukuleles, Wine, and an Accident)
    This is the theatrical opportunity of the lifetime for playwright Allison, a mom from Utah. At least that’s what the people in New York keep telling her. But the director hasn’t read the play, the actors keep competing over who has been on Law and Order the most, and Allison is a ball of stress and insecurity. Thank goodness the...
    (A Fantasia in 12 Scenes with Sock Puppets, Ukuleles, Wine, and an Accident)
    This is the theatrical opportunity of the lifetime for playwright Allison, a mom from Utah. At least that’s what the people in New York keep telling her. But the director hasn’t read the play, the actors keep competing over who has been on Law and Order the most, and Allison is a ball of stress and insecurity. Thank goodness the singing brine shrimp are there to help her find her way.
  • Bird Brains
    Short sketches about a hummingbird, snobby barn owls, a dysfunctional vulture couple, and ducks who want to be dinosaurs. Written for the Rose Exposed Benefit for the Tracy Aviary.
  • You're a Good One (aka Janine)
    A verbatim monologue about the experience of discovering you are an undocumented citizen and how that impacts identity and perception.
  • Girl of Glass
    Edgar, a delivery man, misreads a package and attempts to deliver it to the wrong address. The place he ends up at is a weird store, filled with glowing glass jars and run by a woman named Truly. Truly captures Edgar's attention and he visits her once a week at the store, falling more and more in love with her. But what is in the glass jars and is Truly who she says she is? The play is told with a...
    Edgar, a delivery man, misreads a package and attempts to deliver it to the wrong address. The place he ends up at is a weird store, filled with glowing glass jars and run by a woman named Truly. Truly captures Edgar's attention and he visits her once a week at the store, falling more and more in love with her. But what is in the glass jars and is Truly who she says she is? The play is told with a experimental structure that allows spaces for each company to create moments in the play through dance, puppetry, improv or other elements.
  • The Art of Floating
    Marian lives in the sleepy town of Spring Hill, Florida where she spends her days hanging out at the senior citizen center and drinking wine with her best friend Fran. After her estranged granddaughter has a crisis of faith and moves in with her, marvelous things begin to happen. A play about death, faith, and learning to float through Jello.
  • Lost Land
    Lost Land is a tale of hope and dreams, of love discovered and ultimately lost. Spanning three centuries from the late 1950’s to the present to the year 2150, the play is set in an ill-conceived nautical theme park designed around Moby Dick, the all-seeing, all-enduring commentator who takes us on a journey from a world built to delight to a world filled with despair.