Sam Hamashima

Sam Hamashima

Sam Hamashima (they/he) blends their identities of Queer and Japanese American to make dynamic work from their unique perspective. Drawing inspiration from Japanese animation and video games, Hamashima explores Japanese American history, assimilation, and being yellow within the Queer community. Sam’s work has been produced and/or developed by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Queer...
Sam Hamashima (they/he) blends their identities of Queer and Japanese American to make dynamic work from their unique perspective. Drawing inspiration from Japanese animation and video games, Hamashima explores Japanese American history, assimilation, and being yellow within the Queer community. Sam’s work has been produced and/or developed by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Queer Theater, the Hub Theatre, and Seattle Public Theater among others. Awards include the Emerald Prize, the Roy W. Cowden Fellowship, the Dennis McIntyre Prize, Kennedy Center Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop, and the Hopwood Award in Drama at the University of Michigan. Member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Dramatists Guild. Hamashima holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. @shygodzilla

Plays

  • 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.
  • BANANA
    Welcome to BananaWorld, the first Banana themed amusement park. It just so happens that I, the protagonist, have found you to be quite attractive and I'd like to see if you're interested on a date with me.

    You're half asian, I'm half asian. We have so much in common!
  • GOLDILOCKS ZONE
    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...
    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
    A Daddy and a Son meet at NYC's The Eagle. For one of them, it's a first time.
  • GARDEN STATE
    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