.Photos left to right: Under a Midsummer Moon, photo by Linda Wolf, published by Dramatic Publishing; Making Some Noise, photo by Scott Pakudaitis, Freshwater Theatre Company; Erin Elevator's Extraordinary Adventure, photo by Richard Herman, published as Wild Island Adventure by Eldridge Publishing, Antigone in Munich, Liahona Preparatory Academy, Utah. Antigone in Munich photos by Jason Siebels of Renegade Photography, Fargo, North Dakota.
Welcome to the plays of Claudia Haas. The plays have had over 1400 productions in professional theatres, tours, universities, high schools and community theatres. I have a large body of work for intergenerational and young audiences as well as young performers.
The plays have been graced with many honors (the About Me page lists the contest wins). Play Development: Old Miner's Children's Playwriting Contest at Utah Valley University. Bonderman Symposium (now known as Write Now), Playwrights-in-our Schools Grant, Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University, and with Play Labs at the William Inge Center for the Arts. Local Readings & Productions: Theatre Pro Rata, Little Lifeboats, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Lakeshore Players Theatre and in area schools.
NEW: Please find a packet of information including exercises, storytelling, table work and scenes appropriate for Distant Learning in theatre, Grades 1-12 Here: https://www.claudiahaas.com/distance-learning.html
Free Scenes for Teens: I am now adding to them monthly. The current month's edition will have New! next to them.
NEW: My Brother's Gift (developed at Utah Valley University) is based on the true story of Heinz Geiringer and how at the young age of 15-17, he used art to cope with his two years in hiding from the Nazis. The play utilizes Heinz's paintings for the set. It focuses on Heinz's world with his sister Eva Schloss prior to the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam and ends at Auschwitz. Eva Schloss has been generous with her time and memories in helping me develop the play. There's a new page on the website dedicated to Heinz. Find it here. Find a lengthy excerpt here.
NEW: Letters from Lisette, Cast 7-13; many extras possible. SYNOPSIS: There is a story that Kafka found a young girl weeping in a park. He tried to console her, but she was bereft. She had lost her doll and would never get over it. Kafka announces that he has a letter that he found and he wonders if it could be from her doll. It was! And so began a three-week correspondence where Kafka wrote daily letters for the girl from her travelling doll. Her doll was not lost. She was merely travelling to return to her beloved France. The story might have gone something like this… Excerpt is here.
NEW: I have added a blog to the site. Please visit the page "Your Next High School Play." I will be showcasing plays by other writers that I think theatre educators should know. Included is a synopsis of the play, why you should produce the play, where to find the play and more about the playwright.
You can also find me on the New Play Exchange. All of the plays have full scripts for you to read.
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Dear Anne from Nina was a finalist in the New Play Reading Festival at The Growing Stage. The play is about a brief pen pal relationship between Anne Frank and a young girl in Iowa. As two sisters in Iowa try to navigate their difficult times on a small, failing farm in Iowa, we find Margot and Anne trying to lead a normal adolescent life in a world that does not want them.The play takes place in the two years before the Franks went into hiding. Find a lengthy excerpt here.
I am available to Skype (no fee), speaking engagements, and always reachable by e-mail. Enjoy the site.