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
Dreams from Hogback Bridge: Flexible cast of 8-17. Small Cast: 4 females, 4 males. Large cast: 8 females, 7 males, 2 either gender. Easy set (or you can build a bridge - your call). Contemporary summer costumes. The play is comprised of twelve stories taken from the Dreamer's Journal in the Hogback Bridge in Madison County, Iowa. The entries are poignant, joyful, fantastical and filled with serendipity. The play is inspired by those postings. Take a trip to Madison County, Iowa and read them for yourself! It helps you keep the faith in the good of humanity. Read play.
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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I am trying something new for the autumn. My new plays can be read in their entirety on this site for free. Be kind. Read but don't produce without obtaining rights. Not that you would do that.
I also have a one-act play about how a small town said "no" to hate that I am offering for free for the holiday season to twenty schools that decide to license it. Scroll down to download NOT IN OUR TOWN.
Plays you can read for free from this page: 1. Dreams from Hogback Bridge - teen version; 2. Remembering Margot (full length and one-act version for high school one-act contest).
LETS MAKE A DEAL! I am looking for world premieres for both DREAMS FROM HOGBACK BRIDGE Teen version or adult cast, and REMEMBERING MARGOT. I would love to work with your budget (even if it's zero - which sometimes it is) to help you mount one of the plays. It helps both of us. Read the plays and think about it. Both plays are suitable for the high school and college stage. Links to the plays are below.
NEW PLAY: Dreams from Hogback Bridge (Teen Version). Flexible cast of 8-17. Easy set, easy costumes (set in our time). Read entire play for free: Inside Hoghead Bridge in Madison County, Iowa, there is a "Dreamer Journal." The entries will take you on a "magical mystery tour" of poignancy, love, loss and some silliness. The play is inspired by the journal. Read entire play for free: The Dreamers of Madison County now retitled: Dreams of Hogback Bridge
NEW PLAY: Remembering Margot - Read entire play for free - updated 7/25/2023
Minimum cast: 8
Maximum cast: 15+
This was just reworked after a reading at Utah Valley University. Let me know what you think. 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. Read the play in its entirety:
A one-act version for the High School One Act Play Contest is also available. It uses 8 actors (6 female, 2 male), has an easy set up and is under 35 minutes.
Remembering Margot One Act
Free for Holiday Season (October 2023-February 2024). for 20 schools> NOT IN OUR TOWN: Cast of 11 (3female, 3 male, 5 either gender) extras desirable. Optional peace hymn. Easy Set - one interior and street scene. Contemporary costumes. Flexible teen cast. Based on a true story of how one town said no to hate. Read: Not in our Town
IN THE NEWS:
Soundscapes is now published by Stage Partners and you can read the play here: Soundscapes. CAST: 10-30+ flexible. It was developed through NYU'S New Plays for Young Audiences especially for the high school stage. It deals with coming to terms with being "different."
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. You may use it free in your classroom. Royalty is attached for festivals. Message me if you want the entire anthology (it's 51 plays so a BIG file).
American Alliance for Theatre Education's Playwrights for Change contest winner: Hiking. Read it on the Free Scenes for Teen page. Cast: 2 females; ten minutes.
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.)
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