Plan-B Theatre: ZOMBIE THOUGHTS: Creating Theatre With A Message
Session 2: Grades 4-6
Created specifically for grades 4-6 (but accessible to K-6), ZOMBIE THOUGHTS by Jennifer A. Kokai and her 10-year-old son Oliver Kokai-Means receives its world premiere as Plan-B's sixth annual Free Elementary School Tour. ZOMBIE THOUGHTS is the story of Sam and Pig, avatars in a video game. Sam is anxious. Pig is punny. Will the audience be able to help them make the right choices on their quest to defeat the evil Machine? A sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious journey through identity, anxiety and understanding. This breakout session includes a staged reading of ZOMBIE THOUGHTS, which will tour as our sixth annual Free Elementary School Tour, and a discussion of how we at Plan-B Theatre create theatre with a message.
Director Cheryl Cluff co-founded Plan-B Theatre Company in 1991, has been Managing Director since 1995, and has directed every episode of RADIO HOUR, as well as MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and the past two Free Elementary School Tours: RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. and THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. Cheryl has also designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2001.
Actor Katie Jones has been performing since the age of 10. Recent roles include URINETOWN (Little Sally, Grand Theatre), THE SECRET GARDEN (Mary, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre) and the world premiere of THE PLAIN PRINCESS (Echo, Weber State University). She is also a voiceover artist for Reading Horizons.
Playwright Jennifer Kokai/Session Co-Leader received her MA from Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Weber State University. Her plays have been seen in Indianapolis, Louisville, Austin, Ogden and Salt Lake City. Her play GIRL OF GLASS was included in the Lark Play Development Center's Playwright's Week in 2014 and was an O'Neill semi-finalist in 2015. Plan-B has previously workshopped her play THE ART OF FLOATING as part of the Script-In-Hand Series and produced her short play BIRD BRAINS as part of ROSE EXPOSED: FLIGHT in 2016 and her monologues "Mitch" and "Janine" as part of (IN)DIVISIBLE in 2017.
Playwright Oliver Kokai-Means is 11 years old. As an actor, he has appeared in three productions at Weber State University: THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR and DELUGE and in FUN HOME at Salt Lake Acting Company. He plays soccer, goes to the theatre, and codes Minecraft mods and servers. In the future he wants to be a computer programmer. His favorite play is MATILDA THE MUSICAL.
Education Coordinator/Stage Manager Sharah Meservy is Plan-B Theatre Company's Education Coordinator. While a student at BYU, she was involved with multiple plays for young audiences: ESPERANZA RISING (as a cast member), GO, DOG, GO! (as assistant costume designer) and THE GIVER (as costume designer). Sharah loves working with students and has previously worked as an English teacher in China, an elementary school paraprofessional and a Girl Scout camp counselor.
Artistic Director Jerry Rapier/Session Co-Leader has been Plan-B Theatre Company's Artistic Director since 2000. Under his leadership, the company has produced nearly 100 world premieres by local playwrights and launched the Free Elementary School Tour. He has also worked on new plays with Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company and Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Actor Alicia Washington is the Artistic Director of Good Company Theatre in Ogden, Utah. Recent stage work includes DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, A FLY (Salt Lake Acting Company) and eight tours of Intermountain HealthCare's LIVE WELL School Program. She has taught theatre to and for youth in public schools in Ogden School District and for the Egyptian Theatre in Park City.