DJ Hills

DJ Hills

DJ Hills (they/them) is a cross-genre writer, working in the intersections of poetry, prose, and performance. Recent/forthcoming plays have been developed and/or produced at Single Carrot Theatre (WE BROKE UP.), The Kennedy Center (JUNIPER JONES & THE ROCKET SHE BUILT), Carnegie Mellon University (ADULT THINGS), and University of California Los Angeles (A DRIVING PLAY).

Other writing appears...
DJ Hills (they/them) is a cross-genre writer, working in the intersections of poetry, prose, and performance. Recent/forthcoming plays have been developed and/or produced at Single Carrot Theatre (WE BROKE UP.), The Kennedy Center (JUNIPER JONES & THE ROCKET SHE BUILT), Carnegie Mellon University (ADULT THINGS), and University of California Los Angeles (A DRIVING PLAY).

Other writing appears most recently in Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Free State Review. Their poetry chapbook LEAVING EARTH will be published by Split Rock Press in Fall 2022. Proudly born and raised in the shadow of the Appalachians, DJ currently lives in Los Angeles where they are pursuing their MFA in Playwriting at UCLA.

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.
  • I'm Here Now
    Years ago, Casey left an abusive relationship, settling for an isolated life across the country, free of the obligations of family or friends. However, when an old friend, Veronica, reenters their life, and romance with a new flame starts to bloom, Casey confronts the trauma of their past and their own struggles with intimacy. Navigating the ways domestic violence can complicate perceptions of people, space,...
    Years ago, Casey left an abusive relationship, settling for an isolated life across the country, free of the obligations of family or friends. However, when an old friend, Veronica, reenters their life, and romance with a new flame starts to bloom, Casey confronts the trauma of their past and their own struggles with intimacy. Navigating the ways domestic violence can complicate perceptions of people, space, and time, I’M HERE NOW invites us to celebrate the beauty and autonomy of our ever-changing selves.
  • Juniper Jones & the Rocket She Built
    Juniper Jones is building a rocket to another planet--she's just not sure which one. Pregnant with an astronaut's child, Juniper finds herself torn between her little sister and best friend on earth and the possibility of a future far from home. Set in a rural America recovering from the ravages of climate change, JUNIPER JONES & THE ROCKET SHE BUILT explores the tensions between motherhood and...
    Juniper Jones is building a rocket to another planet--she's just not sure which one. Pregnant with an astronaut's child, Juniper finds herself torn between her little sister and best friend on earth and the possibility of a future far from home. Set in a rural America recovering from the ravages of climate change, JUNIPER JONES & THE ROCKET SHE BUILT explores the tensions between motherhood and sisterhood, the families we're born with, and the families we choose.
  • we broke up.
    Everyone’s favorite vlogging couple just broke up, and they’re here–streaming live–to tell you all about it. Created for a digital performance, WE BROKE UP. explores the world of social-media celebrities and challenges our addictive consumption of the private lives of strangers, revealing that the distance between genuine vulnerability and performative pain is far greater than the inches between one’s face and...
    Everyone’s favorite vlogging couple just broke up, and they’re here–streaming live–to tell you all about it. Created for a digital performance, WE BROKE UP. explores the world of social-media celebrities and challenges our addictive consumption of the private lives of strangers, revealing that the distance between genuine vulnerability and performative pain is far greater than the inches between one’s face and their computer screen.
  • 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.