Sam Heyman

Sam Heyman

Sam Heyman (he/they) is a queer, Jewish writer and former educator based in Nashville, TN - after growing up in TN, Sam attended college at Denison University where he studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Queer Studies. While at Denison, Sam had several of his plays produced by the Denison Independent Theatre Association, and published in the student literary publication, Exile. Since...
Sam Heyman (he/they) is a queer, Jewish writer and former educator based in Nashville, TN - after growing up in TN, Sam attended college at Denison University where he studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Queer Studies. While at Denison, Sam had several of his plays produced by the Denison Independent Theatre Association, and published in the student literary publication, Exile. Since graduating in 2014, Sam has continued to cultivate his writing, taking several workshops with The Porch Writers' Collective and attending the Sewanee Writers Conference as a contributing playwright in 2021. In 2022, Sam was selected as a Playwriting Fellow for the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. He is currently hard at work revising a novel, a full length musical (Published!) and several shorter stories and plays.

Plays

  • The Lover and The Fighter
    FULL LENGTH:

    A play about memory, about the before and after of life's pivotal moments, THE LOVER AND THE FIGHTER tells the story of Lee and Shawn, childhood best friends who, at a glance, are quite different from each other. Shawn likes horror movies and Airsoft shoot outs. Lee likes deep conversations and... spending time with Shawn. Life takes them each on different paths, and it will...
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    A play about memory, about the before and after of life's pivotal moments, THE LOVER AND THE FIGHTER tells the story of Lee and Shawn, childhood best friends who, at a glance, are quite different from each other. Shawn likes horror movies and Airsoft shoot outs. Lee likes deep conversations and... spending time with Shawn. Life takes them each on different paths, and it will take each of them growing from their pasts to claim the future they want and deserve.

    Draft Updated 01/31/23!
  • Published! A Shonen-Inspired Musical
    FULL LENGTH, MUSICAL: The 33rd Annual Tri-State Young Writers' Triathlon invites you to watch and marvel as a bright crop of eighth-grade creative writers compete against each other for the coveted prize of publication!

    Among these writers are Nathan Miller, an excitable novelist-in-training with dreams of fame, Sasha Sandberg, a disciplined essayist in search of glory, and Sakura Harmon, a...
    FULL LENGTH, MUSICAL: The 33rd Annual Tri-State Young Writers' Triathlon invites you to watch and marvel as a bright crop of eighth-grade creative writers compete against each other for the coveted prize of publication!

    Among these writers are Nathan Miller, an excitable novelist-in-training with dreams of fame, Sasha Sandberg, a disciplined essayist in search of glory, and Sakura Harmon, a timid, formalist poet hoping to prove herself worthy. Their mentor, eighth-grade English teacher Mr. Hawthorne, hopes to impart lessons from a life of literary aspiration--and their many, passionate rivals hope to take each of them down.

    A musical for the self-important, creatively vibrant middle schooler in all of us, Published! blends the high-octane world of Shonen anime and manga with the often muted and lonely world of being a writer to tell a story about finding one's voice, following one's passions and learning the hard lessons of pursuing the career of an artist.

    New Draft Uploaded 7/23/22!
  • Tales From The Hill
    FULL-LENGTH; PLAY CYCLE - For many, college is a time of scholarly challenge, triumph and self-discovery. For a group of students at this fair college on the hill, college is all of those things and more: a place to learn courage; a place to form, break and renew friendships; a place to find your voice, your people, your way. Over 8 ten-minute plays, get to know these young people as they get to know each other...
    FULL-LENGTH; PLAY CYCLE - For many, college is a time of scholarly challenge, triumph and self-discovery. For a group of students at this fair college on the hill, college is all of those things and more: a place to learn courage; a place to form, break and renew friendships; a place to find your voice, your people, your way. Over 8 ten-minute plays, get to know these young people as they get to know each other, their hearts and themselves.

    Contains 8 interconnected short plays, to be performed altogether in the order below or as individual pieces out of context:
    Snowflake (2M, 1NB [2M])
    All-Nighter (1M, 1F)
    American Politics (1M, 1F)
    Relax, Bro (2M, 1NB)
    Are You A Freshman? (2NB)
    Nobody's Watching (4M)
    Sexiled (2F)
    The Closet Door (2M, 1F)

    New Draft Uploaded 09/10/22!
  • Three Damned Letters
    FULL LENGTH: A play in the tradition of the American family drama that engages with questions of family within and beyond the nuclear unit, Three Damned Letters concerns a core bond of brotherhood and love between two men, college students and fraternity brothers -- and how, years later, that bond has become estranged and severed altogether.

    David, the younger brother, goes to his older brother...
    FULL LENGTH: A play in the tradition of the American family drama that engages with questions of family within and beyond the nuclear unit, Three Damned Letters concerns a core bond of brotherhood and love between two men, college students and fraternity brothers -- and how, years later, that bond has become estranged and severed altogether.

    David, the younger brother, goes to his older brother Jesse’s family’s house on the eve of Jesse’s funeral. What he finds waiting for him is painful memory, tender moments of connection and an uncannily familiar sense of secrecy. Jesse has left behind a legacy, and also a trail of guilty, broken hearts. His sudden death shocks the family and causes each member to reckon with their past, and contend with the challenge of working toward a brighter future together. While in the company of a family attempting to heal wounds old and new, David must face his own guilt--and find a path toward the love his heart yearns for.

    New Draft Uploaded 1/28/23!
  • AFIKOMAN
    ONE ACT:

    It's late into the first night of Pesach, and it's time to search for the Afikoman. Leo Rubin has come to visit his older brother Joel's family for a Passover Seder, his first in years. It's all a bit overwhelming for him, but he is not alone in his feelings. Leo's niece, Rivka, is also struggling with the performance expectations of the evening, and has taken...
    ONE ACT:

    It's late into the first night of Pesach, and it's time to search for the Afikoman. Leo Rubin has come to visit his older brother Joel's family for a Passover Seder, his first in years. It's all a bit overwhelming for him, but he is not alone in his feelings. Leo's niece, Rivka, is also struggling with the performance expectations of the evening, and has taken refuge in her bedroom. As these two kindred spirits hide from the Seder crowd, hurts new and old begin to surface from within their hearts. Can what is hidden away be found at last? Can what is broken be mended, and made whole again?

    New Draft Uploaded 10/22/22!
  • The Susan B. Anthony College of Motherhood Arts and Sciences, or Maybelline
    ONE ACT, HOUR-LONG: Maybelline Applegate is the coolest girl in school. At least, that's what her best friends Colleen and Patricia think. Her not-quite-fellow classmates find her insufferable, if occasionally intriguing, her professors don't quite know what to do with her, and her school's headmistress, Wilhelmina Crotchkey, seems intent on keeping her from attracting too much attention to the...
    ONE ACT, HOUR-LONG: Maybelline Applegate is the coolest girl in school. At least, that's what her best friends Colleen and Patricia think. Her not-quite-fellow classmates find her insufferable, if occasionally intriguing, her professors don't quite know what to do with her, and her school's headmistress, Wilhelmina Crotchkey, seems intent on keeping her from attracting too much attention to the school, lest the institution garner a less than savory reputation.

    The Susan B. Anthony College of Motherhood Arts and Sciences is an all girls school designed for the training and rearing of child-rearers, child-bearers, midwives and caretakers of all kinds. It's no place for a budding intellectual like Maybelline, who was raised to love the forbidden fruits of literature--but then, neither, too, is the world at large, which looms menacingly just beyond the school's walls.

    A brief glimpse into an imagined alternate reality where the gender binary is not only strictly policed but institutionally reinforced, "Maybelline" tells the story of a young, radical Midwifery major and her efforts to carve out a place for women's minds in a world that devalues and denigrates them at every turn. It is an as-yet unfinished play, either needing another act or another storytelling medium to explore its world fully.

    DRAFT UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS OF 12/08/22 - Contact me if you're interested in reading the new draft!
  • Triptych - A Love Story in Three Acts
    ONE ACT: Not your average love triangle, not your average love story, Triptych is a play told in three parts which follows three Portland twenty-somethings as they navigate their identities, their desires and their connections -- however surprising -- to each other.

    Adapted from the short story of the same name, by me.

    New Draft 3/12/22!
  • The Alchemist's Gambit
    TEN MINUTE: After a chance run-in with Dr. Hasenpfeffer during his travels, a wayward divorcee finds himself on the chopping block. The Traveler's only chances of survival lie in currying favor with this seemingly amoral scientist. Will this 'alchemist's gambit' pay off? Or will this traveler's life be cut tragically short?

  • The Closet Door
    TEN MINUTE: A college dorm romantic comedy about a closeted bi jock, a grounded gay nerd and the excitable, fast-talking nerd girl keeping them from having a moment alone.

    Chip and Brett have been going steady for a while now, but Brett is still anxious about coming out, and having his straight-passing cover blown. When Chip's friend Jessica attempts to rekindle her friendship with Chip,...
    TEN MINUTE: A college dorm romantic comedy about a closeted bi jock, a grounded gay nerd and the excitable, fast-talking nerd girl keeping them from having a moment alone.

    Chip and Brett have been going steady for a while now, but Brett is still anxious about coming out, and having his straight-passing cover blown. When Chip's friend Jessica attempts to rekindle her friendship with Chip, Brett struggles to keep his true feelings hidden. Can Chip help Brett find his way out the closet door? Or will fear of being known prevent Brett from getting the thing he wants most?

    New Draft 2/26/22!
  • Early Decision
    TEN MINUTE: Mo and Clancy have been close friends for years. Now, Mo is headed to college, and she wants Clancy to come with her. There's only one problem: Clancy is not exactly good at standardized tests. Oh, and he doesn't want to go to college. Oh yeah, and he's Mo's imaginary friend. Can Mo's guidance counselor help her make the right decision for them both?
  • I'm Not Your First, Am I?
    TEN MINUTE: Madam Comet, an inexperienced, but passionate palmister performs a reading for a client who strikes her in a way she was not expecting. Fearful of losing the joy of getting to know this relative stranger, Madam Comet takes her reading off the beaten path. A play about vulnerability and the significance of a good first time, "I'm Not Your First, Am I?" is my first entry in 28 Plays Later (2023).
  • The Next Time Portnoy Sneezed
    TEN MINUTE: On this day, Portnoy awoke with a start. What would happen to Portnoy on this day was something no one could have foreseen. It all started going wrong when he found the man hiding behind his curtain.
  • OPEN UP
    TEN MINUTE: A tense drama ensues between a therapist, Aaron, and his young client, Clay, when the latter requests a sudden meeting. The already-fraught relationship erupts when Clay attempts to take Aaron to task for his actions. Will Clay escape from Aaron's custody unscathed? Or is Aaron the one being lured into a trap?
  • Rotten
    TEN MINUTE: As childhood friends and next door neighbors, Nadia and Caleb couldn't have been more different. At least, that's what they thought, before Nadia invited Caleb to spend time with her and her friends after school. In the aftermath of that fraught hangout session, Nadia seeks to apologize and make up for a friendship she believes went wrong somewhere.
  • Story Time
    TEN MINUTE: A grandmother tells bedtime stories for three children, each with their own demands.

    Written with Taylor Quinn for the Greater Nashville Rock and Roll Theatre Camp (2015), revised for Third Coast Comedy Club’s Sketch Comedy Showcase (2020).
  • So You Want To Create A Universe?
    TEN MINUTE: A metaphysical comedy about the perilous responsibility of being a creator, So You Want To Create A Universe? concerns the preparation of one God for their role as the Almighty. Aiding this God as a mentor is The One Who Came Before, a grizzled veteran of creation seeking to impart wisdom before fading away into oblivion. When the reality of managing reality begins to weigh heavily on God, The One...
    TEN MINUTE: A metaphysical comedy about the perilous responsibility of being a creator, So You Want To Create A Universe? concerns the preparation of one God for their role as the Almighty. Aiding this God as a mentor is The One Who Came Before, a grizzled veteran of creation seeking to impart wisdom before fading away into oblivion. When the reality of managing reality begins to weigh heavily on God, The One must deliver some tough love to the omnipotent charge in their care. Will God rise to this momentous occasion? Or will the pressure of making a perfect universe prove too great to bear?
  • Snowflake (Tales From The Hill #1)
    TEN MINUTE: Brett comes across a torn poster in his college dorm common room and before he can right someone else's wrong, the guy who's been putting the posters up appears and confronts him. He's understandably pissed, but Brett can't help but tell how passionate he is... not to mention how cute he is. Whether they know it or not, for Chip and Brett, this is the day where everything changes...
    TEN MINUTE: Brett comes across a torn poster in his college dorm common room and before he can right someone else's wrong, the guy who's been putting the posters up appears and confronts him. He's understandably pissed, but Brett can't help but tell how passionate he is... not to mention how cute he is. Whether they know it or not, for Chip and Brett, this is the day where everything changes.

    Part 1 of Tales From The Hill

    New draft 5/3/22!
  • All-Nighter (Tales From The Hill #2)
    TEN MINUTE: Chip has been burning the candle at both ends, and Jessica is determined to help him get to the bottom as to why. A college dorm heart-to-heart ensues between two friends, learning how not to distract themselves from the things and people who matter most.

    Part 2 of Tales From The Hill

    New Draft 4/13/22!
  • American Politics (Tales From The Hill #3)
    TEN MINUTE: A play about the personal within the political, American Politics concerns two classmates coming together to work on a presentation for their Poli Sci class. One is sure of themselves and the impact they want to make, while the other is afraid of stepping on anyone's toes. Can these two relative strangers find common ground?

    Part 3 of Tales From The Hill

    New Draft uploaded 8/22/22!
  • Relax, Bro (Tales From The Hill #4)
    TEN MINUTE: As two chance acquaintances reunite, tensions build as the two young men discuss identity and anxieties about growing up underneath the queer umbrella. A moment of culmination and release, Relax, Bro serves as the end of Act 1 of Tales From The Hill.

    Part 4 of Tales From The Hill

    New Draft Uploaded 09/10/22!
  • Are You A Freshman? (Tales From The Hill #5)
    TEN MINUTE: Shep, a former R.A., attempts to attend their first meeting of their college's QSA, Outlook. Mitchell, meanwhile, is just passing the time. The two strangers struggle to see eye to eye, but the common ground they find surprises them both.

    Part 5 of Tales From The Hill

    New Draft Uploaded 9/10/22!
  • Nobody's Watching (Tales From The Hill #6)
    TEN MINUTE: Chip and Brett made it through the summer with their budding, private relationship intact, but now that they are spending more time together on campus, they have begun to deal with a few issues--namely the dynamics of PDA. With the judgments of freshman year friends looming, Brett's anxieties around being openly affectionate--and openly bisexual--may threaten to end their relationship before it...
    TEN MINUTE: Chip and Brett made it through the summer with their budding, private relationship intact, but now that they are spending more time together on campus, they have begun to deal with a few issues--namely the dynamics of PDA. With the judgments of freshman year friends looming, Brett's anxieties around being openly affectionate--and openly bisexual--may threaten to end their relationship before it has even begun.

    Part 6 of Tales From The Hill

    New draft uploaded 10/04/22!
  • Sexiled (Tales From The Hill #7)
    TEN MINUTE: Jessica has never been more uncertain of herself and her relationships. She still hasn't decided on a major, her best friend isn't texting her back, and her roommate might hate her. Elena, meanwhile, is drowning her sophomore year sorrows in cigarette smoke and solitude. In Sexiled, two relative strangers find a way toward friendship by navigating their complicated emotions surrounding...
    TEN MINUTE: Jessica has never been more uncertain of herself and her relationships. She still hasn't decided on a major, her best friend isn't texting her back, and her roommate might hate her. Elena, meanwhile, is drowning her sophomore year sorrows in cigarette smoke and solitude. In Sexiled, two relative strangers find a way toward friendship by navigating their complicated emotions surrounding life, love and the liberal arts.

    Part 7 of Tales From The Hill

    New Draft Uploaded 09/10/22!
  • The Closet Door (Tales From The Hill #8)
    TEN MINUTE: Chip has been avoiding facing a world without Brett. Brett has been wading through life without Chip... but no longer. Today, he's going to get him to take him back. This would be a lot easier for Brett to navigate if Chip wasn't so popular; Jessica has a word or two for her best friend, and she's done being patient. It's now or never.

    Where it all began, and where...
    TEN MINUTE: Chip has been avoiding facing a world without Brett. Brett has been wading through life without Chip... but no longer. Today, he's going to get him to take him back. This would be a lot easier for Brett to navigate if Chip wasn't so popular; Jessica has a word or two for her best friend, and she's done being patient. It's now or never.

    Where it all began, and where it all ends... or begins again?

    Part 8 of Tales From The Hill

    New Draft Uploaded 09/10/22!
  • VIOLET AND HARRIS
    TEN MINUTE: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

    Violet and Harris share the same home, but have been away for a long time. They yearn to return to that home but are fearful of what will happen when they do. Beyond friendship, beyond family, these two kindred spirits must rekindle what remains of their bond before it's too late.

    Draft Under Construction - Check Back Later!
  • Before You Go, a monologue
    MONOLOGUE: After the death of her abusive husband, Robert's mother Tonya is happy that she and her son now have a chance at a brighter future, but there's one thing she wants him to know for certain. Before he goes out to play, Tonya approaches her son, words of love and support in her heart.

    Written and uploaded with permission from Scott Sickles, author of PLAYING ON THE PERIPHERY:...
    MONOLOGUE: After the death of her abusive husband, Robert's mother Tonya is happy that she and her son now have a chance at a brighter future, but there's one thing she wants him to know for certain. Before he goes out to play, Tonya approaches her son, words of love and support in her heart.

    Written and uploaded with permission from Scott Sickles, author of PLAYING ON THE PERIPHERY: Monologues and Scenes For and About Queer Kids, from which this monologue was inspired.
  • Blink, And Your Ticket Is Worthless, a monologue
    MONOLOGUE: It's the Someteenth Annual One Act Play Festival you've paid good money to see. The Producer has a few choice words to share with you.

    Day 2 of 28 Plays Later (2023)
  • Jesse's Farewell - A Monologue from Three Damned Letters
    MONOLOGUE: A college senior delivers his final speech to a room of his fraternity brothers.

    Excerpted from my full length play, Three Damned Letters.
  • Target Audience
    ONE-MINUTE: Two model theater patrons discuss their excitement for the festival's play offerings.