Sam Hamashima

Sam Hamashima

samhamashima@gmail.com / @samhamashima
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Sam Hamashima (them+) is an artist based in unceded Lenape Land known as New York City. Hamashima also holds space for the Tuscarora whose Lands, including North Carolina, nurtured them and their artistic voice. Sam Hamashima’s work ranges from script to visual poetry with an emphasis on empowerment, change, and healing. Works include: American Spies and...
samhamashima@gmail.com / @samhamashima
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Sam Hamashima (them+) is an artist based in unceded Lenape Land known as New York City. Hamashima also holds space for the Tuscarora whose Lands, including North Carolina, nurtured them and their artistic voice. Sam Hamashima’s work ranges from script to visual poetry with an emphasis on empowerment, change, and healing. Works include: American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables (The Hub Theatre, Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Undergraduate Playwrights’ Award, University of Michigan Hopwood Award in Drama) and Supposed Home (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Seattle Public Theater, Finalist – Seven Devils Playwrights Conference). They are the second recipient of Seattle Public Theatre’s Emerald Prize and are currently under commission from Lexington Children’s Theatre. BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Michigan.

Plays

  • SUPPOSED HOME
    Rated PG. Shiyoko left the Japanese American Concentration Camps a long time ago , or so she thought. Faced with questions from a curious grandson, Shiyoko'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. A poetic...
    Rated PG. Shiyoko left the Japanese American Concentration Camps a long time ago , or so she thought. Faced with questions from a curious grandson, Shiyoko'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. A poetic impression from the Yonsei perspective, Supposed Home brings a new piece of the puzzle that is the Japanese American experience.
  • AMERICAN SPIES AND OTHER HOMEGROWN FABLES
    Rated PG. 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.
  • SHOYU TELL
    Rated G. Shoyu Tell is a bite sized TYA piece looking at a young student's decision to bring "Family Food" to "School Lunch". Mixing the Japanese word for Soy-sauce and the Elementary School "Show and Tell", this script will let audiences in on the importance of food in Japanese American culture and the courage it takes to be different.
  • UPSTREAM/DOWNSTREAM
    Rated PG. Arcadia was just trying to brood. She didn't expect to meet a quirky fisherman in Riverside Park. #MagicalRealism #TenMinutePlay
  • BANANA
    Rated PG 13. Local banana makes you laugh until you don't.
  • GOLDILOCKS ZONE
    Rated PG 13. The choice was easy. Buy into sex work, escorting, and sugaring in order to buy anything and everything. But choices have consequences.

    As two best friends Chris and Max escape to the Adirondacks from their respective lives, a reckoning between their differing races and friendship must be dealt with. GOLDILOCKS ZONE is a poetic exposé on the gay community's underbelly of lust,...
    Rated PG 13. The choice was easy. Buy into sex work, escorting, and sugaring in order to buy anything and everything. But choices have consequences.

    As two best friends Chris and Max escape to the Adirondacks from their respective lives, a reckoning between their differing races and friendship must be dealt with. GOLDILOCKS ZONE is a poetic exposé on the gay community's underbelly of lust, vanity, racism, and greed.

    Someone also eats someone.
  • BAPTISM
    Rated R. A Daddy and a Son meet at NYC's The Eagle. For one of them, it's a first time.
  • GARDEN STATE
    Rated G. *TYA* After being trapped in a glass jar, Polly must find her way home before nightfall. Unfortunately, knowing your way around the forest isn’t something every busy-bee knows! With the help of two fireflies, Polly must see how she can get home, and how she must listen to more points of view. / created for the Play At Home project