DJ Hills

DJ Hills

DJ Hills (they/them) is a cross-genre writer for the page, stage, and screen. DJ's play HORSEGIRL & COWDADDY was selected for the 2024 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and their play TRUNK BRIEF JOCK THONG was shortlisted for the 2023 Yale Drama Series. Other plays have been developed and/or produced most recently at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (HORSEGIRL & COWDADDY), Carnegie...
DJ Hills (they/them) is a cross-genre writer for the page, stage, and screen. DJ's play HORSEGIRL & COWDADDY was selected for the 2024 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and their play TRUNK BRIEF JOCK THONG was shortlisted for the 2023 Yale Drama Series. Other plays have been developed and/or produced most recently at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (HORSEGIRL & COWDADDY), Carnegie Mellon University (ADULT THINGS), Single Carrot Theatre (WE BROKE UP.), and University of California Los Angeles (I SWEAR TO GOD). DJ's short plays …IN DAYLIGHT and BIG AND SMALL were part of Theater Masters TAKE TEN 2022 and 2023, respectively, and subsequently published by Concord Theatricals.

Proudly born and raised in the shadow of the Appalachians, DJ currently lives in Los Angeles.

Plays

  • Adult Things
    Set in the near future, in a Hamptons "more Mad Max than Maxi Dress," ADULT THINGS follows three vapid young adults, a newly drafted soldier, and a baby that happens to be a butternut squash in the midst of an international war. When the traumas of war begin to spill over the walls of their beach compound, the characters' apathy is pushed to a breaking point as they confront the violence and...
    Set in the near future, in a Hamptons "more Mad Max than Maxi Dress," ADULT THINGS follows three vapid young adults, a newly drafted soldier, and a baby that happens to be a butternut squash in the midst of an international war. When the traumas of war begin to spill over the walls of their beach compound, the characters' apathy is pushed to a breaking point as they confront the violence and terror they have been sheltered from for so long.
  • Horsegirl & Cowdaddy
    Horsegirl, a trans woman in her thirties, lives a life of routine alongside her father, Cowdaddy, in a forgotten town in Southern Pennsylvania—until she falls in love with Bethel, a new-to-town teacher with a goal of improving the lives of everyone they meet. Over the course of their summer romance, Bethel physically transforms Horsegirl into the person (or thing) they want her to be. Cowdaddy’s attempts to...
    Horsegirl, a trans woman in her thirties, lives a life of routine alongside her father, Cowdaddy, in a forgotten town in Southern Pennsylvania—until she falls in love with Bethel, a new-to-town teacher with a goal of improving the lives of everyone they meet. Over the course of their summer romance, Bethel physically transforms Horsegirl into the person (or thing) they want her to be. Cowdaddy’s attempts to pull his daughter back to him leads to an explosive confrontation between all of them, in the wake of which Horsegirl must decide for herself what a happy life looks like.
  • I SWEAR TO GOD
    In the early 2000s, a group of middle school kids meet to put on a passion play. When one of the children witnesses a private moment, they must choose between the love of their friends and their eternal salvation. Moving between the past and present, the play looks at the impact of religious trauma and the difficulties of discovering your identity in an environment that wants you to stay hidden.
  • TRUNK BRIEF JOCK THONG
    A group of queer eighteen-year-olds gather for the first time since graduation. As the night is upturned by unwelcome guests and exposed skeletons, everyone is forced to grapple with their own understandings of identity, ambition, and family.
  • where our dead are buried
    A visit from the "queer prodigal son," forces a family in rural West Virginia to confront their buried trauma and the encroaching presence of a terrifying creature newly emerged from the trees.