Sonya Hayden

Sonya Hayden

Sonya Hayden (she/her) is a playwright, composer, and lyricist originally from Virginia, now based in New York. Her work includes the plays CASSIE GOES TO CONGRESS (production, New Perspectives Theatre), THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW (Finalist, Tennessee Williams Festival 2020-2021 Play Contest), JUST LIKE MAGIC (virtual production, Little Fish Theatre), and BAUBLES, BANGLES, AND BANKRUPTCY (virtual reading, ATHE New...
Sonya Hayden (she/her) is a playwright, composer, and lyricist originally from Virginia, now based in New York. Her work includes the plays CASSIE GOES TO CONGRESS (production, New Perspectives Theatre), THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW (Finalist, Tennessee Williams Festival 2020-2021 Play Contest), JUST LIKE MAGIC (virtual production, Little Fish Theatre), and BAUBLES, BANGLES, AND BANKRUPTCY (virtual reading, ATHE New Play Development Workshop); musicals WANDA DOES THE WATER CYCLE (performance, Lincoln Center GREEN), CRAZY BUT TRUE (lyricist, virtual production, CAIM Creative Co.), and THE LUCKIEST GIRL (workshop production, Princeton University); and songs “If I Didn’t Know Better” (Winner, Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook 2021, $1,500 award), “Snow One Else for Me” (composer, Playdate Theatre Holiday EP 2020), and “Love in the Time of Corona” (virtual concert, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition 2022). She is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre & Librettists Workshops, the Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP. She was previously a member of Maestra Music’s Mentorship Program (mentor: Broadway Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell), the Recording Academy’s Musical Theater Task Force Mentorship Program (mentor: Grammy Award-winning Music Producer Kurt Deutsch); New Perspectives Theatre’s Women’s Work Short Play LAB; The Workshop Theatre’s writers’ intensive, where she developed her play HERR DENTIST; the Princeton University Triangle Club Writers Workshop (Milton Lyon Award for Outstanding Writing) for which she contributed music and lyrics for three full-length musicals; and Traverse Theatre Young Writers in Scotland. Master’s in Playwriting with Distinction, University of Edinburgh; A.B. Music (summa cum laude) and Minor in Theater, Princeton University. www.sonyahayden.com

Plays

  • Cassie Goes to Congress
    A one-act play about climate change and a penguin determined to do something about it. When her baby penguin brother Herbert dies due to the sea ice breaking up early, determined emperor penguin Cassie decides to travel to Congress to convince them to do something about climate change before it's too late. Along the way, she meets a dolphin, humpback whales, and a very busssy bumblebee who are all feeling...
    A one-act play about climate change and a penguin determined to do something about it. When her baby penguin brother Herbert dies due to the sea ice breaking up early, determined emperor penguin Cassie decides to travel to Congress to convince them to do something about climate change before it's too late. Along the way, she meets a dolphin, humpback whales, and a very busssy bumblebee who are all feeling the effects of climate change. When she arrives in Washington, D.C., she is roped into campaigning for a senator who sees this talking penguin as the golden ticket to her reelection campaign. But the senator delays taking any meaningful action on climate change, and ultimately, Cassie must decide whether to give up and go home or find a way to fight back.
  • Baubles, Bangles, and Bankruptcy
    In this 10-minute comedic play, bauble makers Betsy and Billy clash over their commitment to their relationship and bedazzled handicrafts when their beloved baubles and bangles boutique goes bankrupt. Simultaneously, their younger selves open the boutique for the first time, brimming with hope for their future. Will their glittering dreams of youth stand the test of time or are they as breakable as a bauble?
  • Crazy But True
    In this 10-minute musical, two awkward, lonely individuals meet in a deserted subway station and must decide whether to pursue their surprising connection before the next train arrives.
  • Wanda Does the Water Cycle
    In this short kids musical, a precocious young water molecule secretly visits the forbidden surface of her lake, where she promptly evaporates and, through learning about the water cycle, must figure out how to return home before the wind blows her off course.
  • The Clumps
    In this one-act mystery/thriller play, a plucky American student meets a spry elderly Englishman on a hike in the British countryside, but neither is who they claim to be, and the surrounding hills hold a dark secret which threatens one or both of their lives.
  • There's Always Tomorrow
    In this one-act drama, determined Harper longs to explore the world beyond her conservative Southwest Virginia town but obstacles of marriage and motherhood constrain her as the years of her life slip away. There’s Always Tomorrow is a poignant exploration of how our identities, relationships, and worldviews are shaped by our upbringing and the places we call home.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
    A one-act comedic play. In an animal-populated film noir-esque world, foxy fox heiress Isabella hires hardboiled Private Eye Zorro Valiente, who must confront a suspicious racoon, armadillo, and his archnemesis El Aterrador to find the thief threatening to steal Isabella’s priceless diamond anklet.
  • Just Like Magic
    A 10-minute dramedy. Locked together in a closet by their children, unhappily married couple Marisa and Chris must deal with anger over Chris’ abrupt career shift to magician for children’s parties, forcing a decision about their commitment to their relationship.
  • What in Creation Was That All About?
    This one-act zany retelling of the biblical Creation story re-imagines God and his angels as a bunch of bros who decide to create Earth in seven days on a whim – much to the dismay of overworked angel Gabriel, who struggles to implement all of the wacky ideas in the limited time frame.
  • Circus Act
    In this 10-minute drama, two people conjoined at the hip struggle to forge their own identities in their relationship; one wants to stick it out and the other feels stuck, leading to a painful choice.