Full-Length Plays

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Herr

Dentist

By Sonya

Hayden

Herr Dentist (in development)

Full-length, drama, 7 actors (4M, 3F)

In 1930s Germany, Hugo Schmidt struggles to make ends meet and dreams of becoming a world-famous dentist to powerful people.  When he is given the opportunity to be personal dentist to rising politician Adolf Hitler, he thinks it's his ticket to success.  As Hitler’s power increases, Schmidt’s fame as a dentist grows, but how far is he willing to go for his dreams of fame and fortune?

All the Way Home (in development)

Full-length, comedy, 7 actors (4M, 3F)

In a world of conniving mothers, tequila bottles, and Pilates classes, Mary struggles to reconcile society’s expectations for her with the life she wants to have. All the Way Home is a comedic and poignant exploration of relationships, self-discovery, and the childhoods we never leave behind.

Full-Length Musicals

Design by Julia Peiperl

The Luckiest Girl (in development)

Book, music and lyrics by Sonya Hayden

Full-length, drama, 8 actors (2M, 6F)

When her mother dies, Sarah, a young, sheltered woman in 1920s New York City, is expected to be her elderly father's caretaker and marry into a wealthy family, but she longs for the kind of opportunities and freedom her twin brother has.  She finds a temporary escape from her life when she becomes secretly involved in an experimental theater troupe in Greenwich Village.  As she finds herself falling in love with a female member of the troupe, she finds a new kind of freedom, self-confidence, and independence.  Listen here.

Dream a Little Dream

Book, music and lyrics by Sonya Hayden

Full-length, comedy, 8 actors (4M, 4F)

Composer Neil battles financial and career decisions while caught in a love triangle. In a wacky dream sequence involving in-laws, widgets, and a judge that places his music on trial, Neil confronts his dilemmas Freudian-style.

Princeton University Triangle Club

As a member of the Triangle Club Writers' Workshop, Sonya contributed music and lyrics for the shows Tropic BlunderAn Inconvenient Sleuthand Zero GravitasListen here.

Triangle Writers' Workshop 2015

One-Act Plays

There's Always Tomorrow

By Sonya Hayden

The Mirror Girl

By Sonya 

Hayden

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

There's Always Tomorrow

One-act, drama, 2 actors (1M, 1F)

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.

The Mirror Girl

One-act, theater for young audiences, drama,

5-11 actors (1M, 4-8F)

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.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

One-act, comedy, 6 actors (3M, 3F)

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.

By Sonya Hayden

The Clumps

By Sonya Hayden

What in Creation

Was That All About?

By Sonya Hayden

The Clumps

One-act, drama, 2 actors (1M, 1F)

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.

What in Creation Was That All About?

One-act, comedy, 5 actors (4M, 1F)

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.

One-Act Musicals

Taking Off! A New Musical Farce 

(in development)

Lyrics by Sonya Hayden

Music by Matthew Lowy

Book by Rachel Sklar

One-act, comedy, 8 actors (3M, 5F)

Enthusiastic but utterly inept flight attendant Cecelia bumbles through her first overseas flight, juggling passengers’ demands and inadvertently thwarting handsome Castilian passenger Francisco’s attempts to execute a diamond heist.  When the passengers and pilot get food poisoning, Cecelia must try to land the plane safely with Francisco’s assistance.  In this wacky, high-flying musical farce, the sky is the limit and life vests are optional.  Listen here.

Wanda Does the Water Cycle

By Sonya Hayden

Wanda Does the Water Cycle

Book, music and lyrics by Sonya Hayden

One-act, theater for young audiences, 8-12 actors (3M, 5F)

Wanda, a precocious young water molecule, secretly visits the forbidden surface of her lake, where she promptly evaporates and must figure out how to return home before the wind blows her off course.

It's a Hard-Rock Life

By Sonya Hayden

It's a Hard-Rock Life

Lyrics by Sonya Hayden

Music by Jon Hugo Ungar

One-act, theater for young audiences, 7-13 actors (any gender)

Three awesome rock bands – Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic – vie for the title of Rock Star in a Battle of the Bands competition, trying to win over the audience with their moving origin stories and layer upon layer of rock puns.

Short Plays

Death at the Airport:

A Post-Truth Tale

By Sonya Hayden

Death at the Airport:

A Post-Truth Tale

10-minute, dark comedy, 2 actors (1M, 1F)

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.

Just

Like

Magic

By Sonya Hayden

Just Like Magic

10-minute, drama, 2 actors (1M, 1F)

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.

Baubles, 

Bangles, 

and 

Bankruptcy

By Sonya Hayden

Baubles, Bangles, and Bankruptcy

10-minute play, comedy, 4 actors (2M, 2F)

A disillusioned married couple clashes over their commitment to each other when forced to close their beloved baubles and bangles shop; simultaneously, their younger selves open the shop 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?

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