Soundscapes (co-written with Sarah Grace Kraning)
Synopsis: Iris has synesthesia. She has no idea. She simply thinks that everyone sees colors and shapes when music plays. As she becomes a teen, she learns that not only is that not true but others think it weird or to put it more kindly – “wildly imaginative.” As Iris tries to downplay this trait, she increasingly finds herself at war with herself over what is natural to her. Available July 2022
(Small) Cast: 6 (4 female, 2 male)
(Large) Cast: 15 plus (8 or more females, 2 or more males)
Cover Art Work for Soundscapes by Sarah Grace Kraning.
Almost Mary: Play about Mary Anning (first female paleontologist) which covers her first big discovery at the tender of age of 12 (astounding the male-centric scientific community of England in 1811) now has an expanded cast.
CAST: 12 (6 females, 4 males, 2 male or females; +extras). Except for two roles, the cast is comprised of teens. 75 minutes.
Read a lengthy excerpt here.
Welcome to the plays of Claudia Haas. Thank-you for the visit! The plays have had over 1500 productions in every state in the USA as well as on five continents. I have a large body of work for intergenerational and young audiences as well as young performers. I skype and zoom for free. Message me!
FREE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: In the interest of using theatre to promote peace and tolerance, Not in Our Town can be produced royalty-free by schools and theatres for the 2022 Holiday Season. Must be produced before January 15, 2023. Excerpt provided below. Message me for full perusal copy. A true story of a town fighting hate. Flexible cast of 11-15 (ages 14-30's). 50 minutes. Extras possible. A choir is possible. EXCERPT
IN THE NEWS:
(There's a lot of love going around for My Brother's Gift which makes me very grateful.)
American Alliance for Theatre Education presents The Distinguished Play Award 2022 to My Brother's Gift by Claudia Haas, published by Stage Partners.
Reviews of My Brother's Gift from its production at the Black Box Theatre in the Quad Cities:
"Black Box co-founder has put together a straight-forward production that serves both as a remembrance and a call to action."
River Cities Reader
"Ideally suited to this format, “My Brother’s Gift” is an adaptation by Claudia Haas of the prolific writings and memories of 93 year-old Holocaust survivor, Eva Geiringer Schloss, specifically the poetry and paintings of her brother Heinz, a Holocaust victim. Do not be put off by the subject matter. Yes, there is an element of doom, but there is also an overriding element of hope."
Sweet recognition about my work on Dear Anne from Nina and My Brother's Gift from Broadway World.
Interview about my work with Eva Schloss on My Brother's Gift. The play focuses on Her brother's art during the Holocaust.
White Bear Lake Press Publication
COMING IN OCTOBER:
Remembering Margot: A play about Anne Frank's sister - often ignored in plays and books about Anne. Always described as the "shy, retiring, quiet, intellectual, obedient" sister, there was much more to Margot than has been written. Hugely athletic and ambitious, Margot makes a brave decision in the camps that is never talked about.
Louisa and Her Little Women (working title): We all know Little Women and here we visit Louisa and her sisters - the inspiration for her book. The Alcotts were happy settled in their Concord, MA home for seven years when it was announced that they would have to move - again. Fed up with working many jobs and her father's debt, Louisa makes a vow that she will become an independent woman. The play chronicles Louisa's vow to herself to become a writer and support her family. CAST: 12 (8 female, 4 male).
Things I should tell you about:
Honors and Awards: I won't bore you with them but if you are so inclined they are on the About Me page.
Professional Play Development: There's a lovely list on the About Me page.
Find all my plays for young performers on the Youth Plays Unpublished Page.
Free Scenes for Teens: They are still going strong and I am adding to them. They are free to use in the classroom (and please and thank-you - only in the classroom). You must contact me with your name, school, city and state to get the rights. They cover many genres from the silly to the poignant to the historical.
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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