.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 them if you're so inclined). They have been developed through the 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. Locally, the plays have had productions or readings with Theatre Pro Rata, Little Lifeboats, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Lakeshore Players Theatre and in area schools.
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. First up: Max Bush's Kara in Black.
I am available for talk-backs, classes and Skype (no fee for Skype). Enjoy the site!
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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My Brother's Gift is brand new. It is written with the help of Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss. The play focuses on her relationship with her brother Heinz Geiringer. My Brother's Gift uses the remarkable paintings and poetry Heinz created as teenager during his two years in hiding from the Nazis. It shows the power of art under unconscionable circumstances and how art can be used to cope, heal and ultimately hope. A lengthy excerpt can be found on the Youth Plays Page. My Brother's Gift will have a short residency at Utah Valley University in the autumn of 2019.
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.
Antigone in Munich (full length and one-act version) published by Your Stage Partners. You can find a Q&A interview about the play here. The play is a coming-of-age tale of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Society.
Almost Mary was developed and has a new script up. It's wonderful for those looking for a young science heroine. It focuses on Mary Anning and her first great fossil discovery at the tender age of thirteen. A new movie with Kate Winslet about Mary Anning is in the works. This play could be a prequel to the movie!