Soundscapes (written with Sarah Grace Kraning; artwork by Kraning)
Published by Your Stage Partners.
Iris has synesthesia. She has no idea. She thinks everyone sees shapes and colors and movements when she hears music or sharp sounds. As she becomes a teen, she realizes that people are either finding her "odd" or "wildly imaginative." As Iris tries to downplay what is natural to her, she finds herself increasingly alone and at war with herself. Developed with NYU Plays for Young Audiences, the play will be published in April.
SMALL CAST: 6 (4 female, 2 male)
LARGE CAST: 15 plus (4 females, 2 males plus more, 9 male or female), extras welcome.
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes (a one-act version is available for the High School One-Act Play Contest)
Read excerpt at Stage Partners
Almost Mary: Play about young Mary Anning (first female paleontologist) which covers her first huge discovery at the tender of age of twelve - which astounded the "Male Club of Scientists" in her day. A chorus of villagers (can be reduced or expanded) of villagers comment on Mary's life and "unfeminine work." Cast 12 (can be expanded): 6 females, 4 males, 2 males or females. 75 minutes.
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
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NEW PLAY: Remembering Margot - Read entire play for free
Minimum cast: 8
Maximum cast: 15+
(All roles are teens except 3 which are early 20's and brief.)
This play is a re-imagining of Margot’s brief life based on newly-surfaced photos of her. Rather than the depressed, “head always in a book” snapshot of Margot, the photos show an athletic, fun-loving teen enjoying the company of friends. It is always noted that she was a brilliant pupil which tells us that there was a very good intellect at play. So while the play is by no means a scholarly look at the life of Margot Frank, I hope I captured her spirit. And maybe moved her out of the shadow of her famous sister just a bit. I hope she doesn’t mind. Margot never sought the limelight. Read the play in its entirety.
A one-act version for the High School One Act Play Contest is also available. It uses 8-12 actors, has an easy set up and is 35 minutes.
FEATURED PUBLISHED PLAY: La Bella Cinderella published by YouthPLAYS. 3-4 females, 2-3 males (6 performers total); extras possible.
The Primo Pasta Players turn the Cinderella tale topsy-turvy with their own brand of zany, pasta-loving fun. Help the Players get ready for the ball, save our heroine from a wild boar, and stop the villainous clown from stealing the crown. There are opportunities to add music and dance, and in the end, silly rules the land! The play is interactive designed to engage even the youngest theatre-goers.
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IT: This can be done with a small budget! The play was designed as a touring production so your set is minimal. It's a ragtag group of actors - so your costumes are "anything goes." The play has been performed by adults for children, by teens for families. It's breeze and silly and perfect for summer fun.
IN THE NEWS:
Mount Carmel Academy's production of Antigone in Munich has been selected as one of seven mainstage productions at the International Thespian Festival is Bloomington, Indiana. It is considered "high school's biggest stage." More information can be found at EDTA.
The United Plays of America is now available for download in Word or pdf. 51 plays from every state in the USA plus Washington D.C. suitable for classroom use. They are free to use in the classroom. Many examples are on the Free Scenes for Teens page. There is a royalty attached for use with an audience. The plays have been tested in classes across the country, have been used in festivals and included in classes in four other countries. The cost to have it delivered to your computer is $5.00. (It's a big file - 51 plays!). A limited number of hardcopies are available at cost: $20.00 (what it costs me to make them up buy the proper envelopes and pay postage).
American Alliance for Theatre Education presents The Distinguished Play Award 2022 to My Brother's Gift by Claudia Haas, published by Stage Partners.
Interview about my work with Eva Schloss on My Brother's Gift. The play focuses on her 16-yer-old brother's art he created while in hiding during the Holocaust.
White Bear Lake Press Publication
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.
Curious about my published plays? Find them here. Published Youth Plays.
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. Ask to get on my mailing list for the once a month listing of what's new on the page. (It's only once a month and only during school year.)
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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