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 THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW (Finalist, Tennessee Williams Festival 2020-2021 Play Contest), JUST LIKE MAGIC (virtual production, Little Fish Theatre), BAUBLES, BANGLES, AND BANKRUPTCY (reading, ATHE New Play Development Workshop 2021), and DEATH AT THE AIRPORT (Winner, Merlin...
Sonya Hayden (she/her) is a playwright, composer, and lyricist originally from Virginia, now based in New York. Her work includes the plays THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW (Finalist, Tennessee Williams Festival 2020-2021 Play Contest), JUST LIKE MAGIC (virtual production, Little Fish Theatre), BAUBLES, BANGLES, AND BANKRUPTCY (reading, ATHE New Play Development Workshop 2021), and DEATH AT THE AIRPORT (Winner, Merlin Theatre Frome Short Play Contest); musicals WANDA DOES THE WATER CYCLE (performance, Lincoln Center GREEN), THE LUCKIEST GIRL (workshop production, Princeton University), CRAZY BUT TRUE (lyricist, virtual production, CAIM Creative Co.), and TAKING OFF! (lyricist, reading, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center); songs “Snow One Else for Me” (composer, Playdate Theatre Holiday EP 2020), “I’m Here” (lyricist, Empower Her Voice 2020 Scratch Night), and “If I Didn’t Know Better” (First Stage: A Concert for Emerging Writers, NYC). She is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP and was mentored by Broadway Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell in Maestra’s Mentorship Program 2021. She was previously a member of The Workshop Theatre’s selective 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, Princeton University. sonyahayden.com

Plays

  • Baubles, Bangles, and Bankruptcy
    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?
  • Wanda Does the Water Cycle
    In this 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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Crazy But True
    Two awkward, lonely individuals meet in a deserted subway station and must decide whether to pursue their surprising connection before the next train arrives.
  • What in Creation Was That All About?
    This 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
    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.