Sam Hamashima

Sam Hamashima

Queer Japanese American Playwright and Performance Artist.
Campfire Theatre Festival: Literary Manager


  • American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables
    News travels across the Pacific on Dec. 7 resulting in foolhardy claims of Japanese sympathizers. As calls for war perpetrate a nation, The Ishii Family undertakes radical assimilation to calm the local police and fearful neighbors. Mixing family testimony and cartoon charm, the Japanese Americans’ response to national disaster develops into a sparkling fable on what it means to be family.
  • Supposed Home
    Shiyo left the Japanese American Concentration Camps a long time ago. Or so she thought. Faced with questions from a curious grandson, Shiyo's world becomes both what had happened and what was wanted. Past and present become one landscape for this anime adventure as enemies are revealed, companions are found, trauma is unpacked, and what was only thought becomes (un)spoken word.
  • Finding Earth
    When God leaves for their 9-5, what happens when the kids break into God's private office? And what can they do before God comes home? Seeking collaborators for this piece.

Recommended by Sam Hamashima

  • ¡Mamágua!
    10 Sep. 2019
    Our audiences at Campfire Theatre Festival were delighted by ¡Mamágua!. With surprises at every turn and continuous defiance of regular form, I was in stitches by seeing Alberdi's smashing of common structure and his use of unconventional devices. ¡Mamágua!: you've got to read this script. Thank you, Sebastián for your work!
  • Refuge
    10 Sep. 2019
    Everyone fights to survive in the desert. I was captured by Andrew Rosendorf's script from page one. This script holds in itself an earnestness that you don't see so much with scripts centering on our Southern Border. Yes, it's inherently political, but this show focuses on the humanity in such a nuanced way that you put your political identity aside. Refuge shined at Campfire Theatre Festival and gave us something special. Thank you, Andrew for your work!
  • The Once and Future Casey Colman
    10 Sep. 2019
    Are you special or are you not? To what degree do you go to believe in your uniquity? Our audiences at Campfire Theatre Festival were delighted from the very beginning of this dark psychic comedy. The world of Crystal Plains is charming and delightful. Thank you, Jacqueline for writing this script!
  • Earworm
    10 Sep. 2019
    I was immediately drawn to this script from page one. The Song shines as an incredibly powerful character and one that, in some fashion, we've all met before. Our audiences at Campfire Theatre Festival were captivated by Shualee's script. I have half a mind to think that we all went home and listened to our own "Candle's Out" while taking a trip down memory lane. Thank you, Shualee!
  • Megan and the Bear Go Camping (To Solve Their Problems)
    8 Sep. 2019
    Megan and the Bear Go Camping (To Solve Their Problems) is an incredibly evocative script. Zoe explores the aftershocks of trauma in unconventionally delightful ways. Our audiences at Campfire Theatre Festival were captivated by Zoe's use of character and magical realism. This script will make you laugh, make you cry, and make your heart go "that's me too!".