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, fantastical and filled with serendipity.
COMING SOON: Can best-friends-forever really last forever? A tale of a forty-year friendship told through school notes, letters, phone calls and emails. No set. Can be done with two female actors or change the actresses ever decade and use up to eight. Message me for more details.
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
six 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 so I can take a break from working.
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.
NEWS: Almost Mary (science play about 12 year-old Mary Anning's big fossil discovery) to be published by YouthPLAYS.
Not in Our Town (about the "Not in Our Town" movement to combat hate; all teen cast) to be published by Pioneer Drama.
NEW PLAY: Dreams from Hogback Bridge (Teen Version). Flexible cast of 8-17. Easy set, easy costumes (set in our time). 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: Dreams from 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. 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 for free:
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
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 being neurodivergent. As some young actors mentioned while rehearsing the play, "I feel seen."
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 and Play Development: I won't bore you with them but if you are so inclined they are 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. 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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