Sonya Hayden

Sonya Hayden

Sonya Hayden is a playwright, lyricist, and composer based in New York. Her plays and musicals have appeared at local and international venues, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Edinburgh International Festival, Traverse Theatre, The Duplex, Village Pub Theatre Leith, Merlin Theatre Frome, Art House Productions, and Princeton University. Sonya is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP,...
Sonya Hayden is a playwright, lyricist, and composer based in New York. Her plays and musicals have appeared at local and international venues, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Edinburgh International Festival, Traverse Theatre, The Duplex, Village Pub Theatre Leith, Merlin Theatre Frome, Art House Productions, and Princeton University. Sonya is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She was previously a member of the Princeton University Triangle Club Writers Workshop (Milton Lyon Award for Outstanding Writing), as well as Traverse Theatre Young Writers and the Village Pub Theatre Writers Collective in Scotland. MSc Playwriting with Distinction, University of Edinburgh; A.B. Music (summa cum laude), Princeton University. sonyahayden.com

Plays

  • There's Always Tomorrow
    Determined Harper longs to explore the world beyond her small 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.
  • 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.
  • Death at the Airport: A Post-Truth Tale
    When straight-laced journalist Jack is detained by an unnervingly upbeat airport security officer, Jack discovers he is the victim of an unusual mix-up: he is officially considered dead, having supposedly perished along with his family in a recent terrorist attack. But the alleged attack never really took place – or did it? Death at the Airport explores the hilarious and bizarre implications of living in an...
    When straight-laced journalist Jack is detained by an unnervingly upbeat airport security officer, Jack discovers he is the victim of an unusual mix-up: he is officially considered dead, having supposedly perished along with his family in a recent terrorist attack. But the alleged attack never really took place – or did it? Death at the Airport explores the hilarious and bizarre implications of living in an age of fake news and alternative facts and considers who controls the narrative of history.
  • 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.
  • The Mirror Girl
    When insecure teenager Snow is transferred to a new high school, she goes to extreme lengths to meet the standards of beauty set by popular classmate Queenie, spiraling into anorexia and risking hospitalization. Inspired by the Snow White fairytale, The Mirror Girl explores body image issues and the cost of our expectations for female beauty.
  • 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.
  • 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.