Soundscapes (written with Sarah Grace Kraning; artwork by Kraning)
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 this autumn.
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)
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. 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 FOR JANUARY: Margot Chose Anne
Minimum cast: 9
Maximum cast: 13
(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 here"
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.
Watch the taping of My Brother's Gift that the Black Box Theatre in Moline, IL did for the local Iowa PBS station. My Brother's Gift Taping: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U_ot9KkKz-y06ywCTE7Wv2abZzATuWcY/view?fbclid=IwAR1i_UzJC2M8smOLYYUZ2VP_5oP7IGGrrqze0MyB8087AbUDgrscNL8Qr1U
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
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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