Hayes Borkowski

A New England-bred playwright working in Chicago. I produce my work from the ground up with Area IV Theatre Company.

All of my work is inspired by the difficult relationship humans have with sexual desire. I'm particularly interested in the disconnect between the true sexual nature of women and the stories society tells us about female sexuality.

If you're interested in reading or producing one of my plays:


Out for the season, Reading, a pro hockey player, recoups during the winter months in a secluded beach house. He relies on his cousin for companionship but finds himself overwhelmed when a string of unwelcome guests wedge their way into his hermitage one night. As the society he tried to keep out overtakes his home, Reading is forced to face the emotional scars that match his physical wounds.

Produced by Area IV Theatre Company
October 10 - November 9, 2014
Chicago, Illinois at the Den Theatre

Bear Claw

Two sisters – April and Francesca – return home to support their father in the wake of accusations he has sexually harassed one of his students at the local high school. Though troubled by the lack of information surrounding their father's situation, the two separate for the night as April trades flirting with a faraway fling for human contact and Francesca tries to find meaningful conversation at a sloppy house party.


Produced by Area IV Theatre Company
August 1 - 18, 2013
Chicago, Illinois at The Side Project Theatre

From the Nightshade Family

After an ambiguous dream, Teddie invites an old college acquaintance, Marion, to his apartment to hang out and catch up. They are stuck together when a January blizzard snows them in, opening the door for a late night of drinking, smoking, and treading old ground. Though Teddie's roommate, Claudio, insists on prying into Marion's sexual history, Teddie is entrusted with Marion's biggest secret, a near-supernatural admission that proves crippling for them both.


Produced by Area IV Theatre Company
September 4-11, 2011
Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago Fringe Festival


As a way to take time off from her life, Cornelia spends her days babysitting her invalid grandparents in exchange for continued financial support from her parents. She sees her life slipping into an unsettling contentment while her long-time boyfriend, White, is hoping she settles into his newly furnished apartment. Struggling to accept stagnation but unable to move forward, Cornelia finds the friction she's looking for when her reclusive friend, Nicole, hires a questionable employee in her rarely trafficked bookstore.


Produced by Area IV Theatre Company
July 8 - August 22, 2010
Boston, Massachusetts at First Church Boston
Milford, New Hampshire at The Amato Center for the Performing Arts
Calgary, Alberta at the Calgary Fringe Festival
Edmonton, Alberta at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Unproduced Work

Call for Slutty Bondage Sex

Plains Zebra Something

Gin Gun

The Service