Sam Collier

Sam Collier

Playwright, poet, theater artist.
2017-19 Writer-in-Residence with the National Writers Series.

MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
I teach in a high school creative writing program in northern Michigan, where I am learning about lakes, oil pipelines, guns, winter, and cherry orchards.

Plays

  • A Hundred Circling Camps
    During the summer of 1932, over 20,000 people hopped trains to Washington D.C. and camped out to demand fair pay for veterans of the World War. The legacy of the Bonus Army is written into our laws and culture, but the march has been largely forgotten. As America protests and forgets and protests and forgets, what is carried forward? Touching on the Poor People’s Campaign, Occupy Wall Street and Standing Rock...
    During the summer of 1932, over 20,000 people hopped trains to Washington D.C. and camped out to demand fair pay for veterans of the World War. The legacy of the Bonus Army is written into our laws and culture, but the march has been largely forgotten. As America protests and forgets and protests and forgets, what is carried forward? Touching on the Poor People’s Campaign, Occupy Wall Street and Standing Rock protests, A Hundred Circling Camps explores what it means to live in public as an act of resistance.

    Developed through a commission from the Goodman Playwrights Unit.
  • Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King
    Up in their attic, sisters Josephine and Henrietta create a new sister for their family; she's monstrous and violent and embodies everything they've dreamed of: the rage of children, the fury of girls.
  • thing with feathers
    Ruby, Jade, and Cove fall in and out of love with each other as their world crumbles. Plus Ruby and Cove can turn into birds. Plus there's a midnight conversation with an owl. Part myth, part apocalyptic fairy tale, part love story, this is a play about survival, transformation, and hope.
  • Silo Tree
    Lailah guides souls through her house to the world of the dead. Lou and Wiley meet up again after ten years. The coywolves run in the night. Silo Tree is a pause on the bridge, a collection of lives in liminal space, and a memory that rolls forward as its surface is blown backward by the wind.
  • In My Mother's Tongue Like Winter (10 minutes)
    Summer. A Christmas tree farm. A runaway teen crosses paths with a grolar bear, who has just escaped from a zoo.
  • Quiet, Witches
    Four DC teenagers trespass onto the abandoned grounds of St. Elizabeth's Hospital. When Zadie tries to contact the ghost of her great-aunt, she accidentally summons a chorus of muses aching to be set free. Zadie, Max, Daniela, and Amina find themselves grappling not only with their own prejudices and suspicions, but with the complicated and unique history of their shared city.
  • Time Mechanics (25 mins)
    Stevie and May are time-machine mechanics, just trying to run a respectable shop. But when Bill shows up with a suspicious machine, they have some tough choices to make.
  • Residue (10 Minutes)
    Gretchen is measuring her wrinkles. Her husband, Josh, is all out of soup. Meanwhile, their ten year old daughter, Lucy, is dyeing. Just a regular day in the life of an ordinary American family.
  • The Last Tooth (3 minute monologue)
    "So I decided to just come in here
    with my teeth
    and my application
    and demonstrate to you my commitment to dentistry
    I bet no one else has done this in the history of your program."
  • Ravel
    For thousands of years, the Fates have spun, measured, and cut human lives. But now something is wrong: the golden sheep are sick, the scissors refuse to cut. The Fates come to Earth. Meanwhile, an expert frog biologist has gone missing in the desert, and her daughter sets out to find her.