JuCoby Johnson grew up in Jacksonville, FL, moved to the Twin Cities in 2011 and has been creating there ever since. He has been seen onstage at The Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company, and many more. His plays include How It's Gon Be (Underdog Theater, 2019), ...but you could've held my hand (Developed at the 2020 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference), 5 (2021 O'Neill NPC Finalist, Seven Devils Finalist), I'll Be Seeing You Again (Jungle Serial Audio Series, 2021) and Revelations (Playing On Air, 2021). He is a 2021-2022 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting and an Artistic Associate at The Jungle Theater.
Four ten-year olds meet at a wedding. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other's lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, the play uses dance, music, and poetry to explore sexuality, gender, race, and love. You know, the big stuff. Life stuff.
With adulthood looming in the distance, Jahaan and his friends enjoy the last precious moments of Summer vacation. When Jahaan’s father returns after a year away, the world stops spinning for a moment and lines are drawn in the sand. A poetic exploration of missed connections and feelings too great to speak aloud.
In the midst of civil unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd and the attack on Iyana Dior, a Father and Daughter reunite in front their burned down family store.
Jay and Evan run a convenience store in a rapidly changing neighborhood. Their friendship and way of life is thrown in flux after a visit from a real estate developer with a once in a lifetime offer. Over the course the play, "5" explores a friendship tested by money, unearthed family secrets, and the end of the world.
JuCoby Johnson's new work 5 (FIVE) has been comissioned by Trademark Theatre in Saint Paul, MN as a part of their fourth season. 5 explores a friendship tested by money, race, and family secrets come to light. Full announcement found here.
I was awarded the Pet Project Grant created by The Bushwick Starr and Jeremy O. Harris for Covid Relief.
I was commissioned by Lauren Gunderson to write a new short play as a part of the 2020 New Now Commissions.